Police arrested a 33-year-old Broward County man after they say he robbed a Wells Fargo and committed a home invasion armed with a spatula.
Brandon Stepherson, of Hollywood, was arrested on an unarmed robbery charge by the Fort Myers Police Department and armed home invasion count by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities nabbed by K-9 units 24 minutes after they say he robbed the Wells Fargo at 9250 Ben C. Pratt/Six Mile Cypress Parkway about 5:40 p.m. Wednesday outside the house where the home invasion occurred.
Brandon Stepherson, who robbed a bank with a spatula
A man at the home told investigators that went inside the Old Hickory Boulevard house after smoking on the back porch when he found Stepherson standing in his kitchen, according to a sheriff’s office arrest report.
He said that Stepherson demanded the keys to the car parked out front, but the man said he didn’t have the keys.
Stepherson started pulling keys off the hook on the wall before he “armed himself with a plastic spatula and used a set of keys as a weapon (between his knuckles,)” the report said.
Stepherson then said to the man: “I don’t want to hurt you, give me the keys to the car,” the report said.
The men started yelling at each other and Stepherson tackled him to the ground. Another man in the house joined in on the fight and Stepherson ran out of the home, one of the men flagged down an officer, who arrested Stepherson.
Between the charges from the two different agencies, Stepherson is being held on a total of $350,000 bond.
The Florida Highway Patrol and FBI helped with the investigation.