Port St. Lucie bank robbery suspect arrested, claimed he had explosives in car

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - Law enforcement officials have arrested a man in connection with a Friday morning robbery at a Bank of America on Gatlin Boulevard, according to a Port St. Lucie police spokesman.

At 9:06 am, Port St. Lucie police went to the Bank of America, located at 1800 SW Gatlin Blvd, in response to a bank robbery. 

Police said the suspect, later identified as Charles Stewart, entered the bank and demanded money by handing the teller a note indicating that the bank was wired with explosives.   The suspect received an undisclosed amount of money and fled the scene in a car.

Police later located the car at SW Gatlin Boulevard and SW Savona Boulevard and arrested Stewart. 

During the arrest, officers located the stolen money in the car, and Stewart told police that there were explosives in his car. 

The intersection of Gatlin and Savona boulevards was temporarily shut down.  After an extensive search of Stewart's car, the bomb squad did not locate any explosives. 

The intersection was reopened by 10:20 a.m.

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