Video: 72-Year-Old Attempts Bank Robbery With AR-15, Gets into High-Speed Chase

Patrick Lee Schroeder, 72, of Cape Coral, is in the Lee County jail after he attempted to rob a Bank of America branch in Cape Coral with an AR-15, setting off a high-speed chase captured on video.

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On Wednesday afternoon, January 12th, Cape Coral police responded to a holdup alarm at the Bank of America located at 2536 Skyline Blvd.

Upon arrival, officers spoke to the bank security officer, who stated a man, later identified as Patrick Schroeder, with a black T-shirt around his head toting an AR-15 style rifle, attempted to enter the bank. The officer kept him from entering, and Schroeder fled the scene in a Black BMW with the license plate covered in spray paint. Cape Coral Police spotted the vehicle and attempted to stop it, but Schroeder wasn’t having it.

Patrick Lee Schroeder

The chase headed into Fort Myers, and Cape Coral Police notified the Lee County Sheriff’s office that they were heading that way as they crossed the midpoint bridge. At around Mile marker 125 on I-75 Southbound, the Sheriff’s office performed a PIT maneuver and ended the chase. Schroeder surrendered without further incident. Located on the passenger seat of Schroeder’s BMW was the AR-15 Style rifle he used at the bank.

At the time of the takedown, Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno, who was in the chase helicopter, jumped out and watched his people take care of business.

Schroeder was upset with the bank. Schroeder attempted to cash a check at the bank earlier, but the bank put a hold on it, angering him. Schroeder returned to his residence, got his rifle, sprayed painted over his license plate, draped a black t-shirt over his head to hide his identity, and went back to the bank.

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Schroeder was brought to Lee County Jail and is facing charges of attempted robbery with a firearm, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, fleeing & eluding LEO with a light siren active, and resisting without violence.

He is currently being held without bond.

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