UPDATE: Panama City Beach Bank Robbery; High Speed Police Chase


In just over 28 minutes, Bay County Sheriff’s Office deputies began and ended the pursuit of two male suspects in the armed robbery of People’s First Bank at 9001 Front Beach Road.

At 11:20 am Tueday morning, two men entered People’s First Bank armed with a handgun. They robbed the bank and fled in what was described as a cream or yellow colored vehicle. Shortly after leaving the bank, in the area of Laird Avenue, the two men were spotted by a witness changing vehicles to a white truck.

One of the suspects fired a handgun at the witness. At this point, a BCSO patrol car pulled up and the deputy was informed by the witness that the two men had just robbed a bank and were now driving a white truck.

BCSO deputies initiated a pursuit which led over the Hathaway Bridge. The suspects turned left onto Frankford Avenue. They then turned onto Hwy 390 and followed it through Lynn Haven to Hwy 231 where they turned north.

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office Air Unit was utilized to assist in the pursuit. Spike strips were attempted several times during the pursuit, but each time the suspects were able to avoid them.

At about 11:48 am, when the pursuit entered an area of Hwy 231 where there was no other traffic, a Pursuit Intervention Technique or PIT Maneuver was employed.

The driver of the white truck lost control and crossed the southbound lanes of Hwy 231 and left the roadway, crashing into a power pole just south of Hwy 20.

One of the suspects exited the truck, the other had to be extracted. Both men have been taken to a local hospital.

The suspects have not yet been identified.

A handgun was found on one of the suspects and an undetermined amount of cash was discovered in the back seat of the truck.


There has been a bank robbery just before noon Tuesday at a Panama City Beach Bank, which led to more than a 35 mph police chase.

Armed suspects allegedly robbed a People First Bank on Front Beach Road.

Reports say shots were fired at the bank before the suspects initiated a high speed chase.

The suspects took off in a White Ford F-150 extended truck and the chase spread about 35 miles up Highway 231, reaching speeds up to 100 mph.

WJHG-TV is receiving reports that there has just been an accident on Highway 231 near Highway 20 involving that truck.

We will bring you more information as it comes available to us.

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  • by Ben Location: panama city on Jan 7, 2009 at 06:29 PM
    I got to see the after math of the crash with more cops than any city our size should ever need in one place. It was quite interesting.
  • by Deborah Location: Albany on Jan 7, 2009 at 11:35 AM
    Oh my!! poor people at this bank, so sad that officers had to risk their lives for two such individuals that have NO respect for the lives of others. Not the first felonies for these two brothers.
  • by Anonymous Location: DOTHAN on Jan 6, 2009 at 12:58 PM
    The writer made an error. Maybe you could read paragraphs 4&5 again, and a Bronco is different than a F-150 extended cab truck. If you are going to be sarcastic at least get your facts right.
  • by jonny Location: amazed on Jan 6, 2009 at 11:37 AM
    WOW...35MPH they were flying! Was O.J. Simpson driving the white bronco?
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