Man fires shots from semi-automatic gun during bank robbery in Bradenton

BRADENTON, Fla. — Bradenton Police have arrested an 18-year-old who they say used a semi-automatic gun to rob a bank on Thursday.

According to Bradenton Police, 18-year-old Julian Evaristo Jimenez, of Bradenton, entered the Florida Central Credit Union located at 701 9th St W around 3:55 p.m. armed with a semi-automatic handgun.

There were approximately 14 people in the bank at the time split between customers and employees, Brian Thiers of Bradenton PD said. 

Police told ABC Action News, Jimenez fired two rounds into the ceiling and announced his robbery plans.

He then jumped over the counter and took an undisclosed amount of cash before driving off in a dark colored Nissan Altima, police said. 

Manatee County deputies located Jimenez in Bradenton about 30 minutes later after receiving a call about a suspicious person acting erratically. They recognized him by his clothing. 

Witnesses inside the bank confirmed that Jimenez was the robber.

Jimenez was arrested and charged with armed robbery. 

Fortunately, nobody was injured in the incident.

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