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Spring Hill Man Pleads Guilty To Tampa Bank Robbery

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Florida

Tampa, FL – United States Attorney Roger B. Handberg announces that John Charles Anderson (39, Spring Hill) has pleaded guilty to bank robbery. Anderson faces a maximum penalty of 25 years in federal prison. A sentencing date has not yet been set.

According to court records, on January 14, 2022, Anderson entered the SunTrust Bank located at 12902 North Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa armed with a Crossman BB pistol, a dangerous weapon. Anderson brandished the BB pistol while demanding money from the teller. The pistol appeared to be a functioning handgun, which caused fear in the mind of the teller, who complied with Anderson’s demand and gave him $941 in cash from the cash drawer. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Samantha Beckman.

This case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program bringing together all levels of law enforcement and the communities they serve to reduce violent crime and gun violence, and to make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. On May 26, 2021, the Department launched a violent crime reduction strategy strengthening PSN based on these core principles: fostering trust and legitimacy in our communities, supporting community-based organizations that help prevent violence from occurring in the first place, setting focused and strategic enforcement priorities, and measuring the results.

Updated May 4, 2023

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