NR 16-25 Merritt Island Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested in Indian River County
Sheriff’s Deputies and Palm Bay Police Officers located and arrested 46-year-old John Paul Bertrand following an Armed Robbery today at the TD Bank, 250 E. Merritt Island Causeway, Merritt Island. The clerk at the TD Bank advised the suspect implied he had a weapon and demanded money. The clerk then gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of money from the register and the suspect left on a motorcycle.
Bertrand was located by a Palm Bay Police Officer at a Raceway in Indian River County, 9490 108th Avenue, Fellsmere, FL, where he was taken into custody without incident.
Bertrand’s apprehension was a combined effort by the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, Fellsmere Police Department, Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, Palm Bay Police Department, Melbourne Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol and Sebastian Police Department.
Bertrand was in the possession of evidence relating to the Merritt Island robbery at the time of his apprehension. Bertrand is cooperating with Agents and is suspected of other unrelated robberies committed earlier today in Indian River County.
Bertrand was arrested and charged with an unrelated Robbery relating to and Indian River County incident. He was transported to the Indian River County Jail under a No-bond status. The Brevard County Sheriff’s Office will complete their investigation and then request an arrest warrant for Bertrand’s arrest and extradition.
Anyone with information is asked to please call the East Precinct General Crimes Unit at (321) 454-6640 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423- TIPS (8477). All calls to CRIMELINE are confidential; callers can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward for information leading to an arrest.
If you have any questions regarding this news release, please contact Corporal Dave Jacobs at (321)747-9780.