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DELRAY BEACH — A man accused of robbing a Delray Beach bank Tuesday morning was arrested after leading authorities on a chase from Palm Beach County to Miami-Dade, officials said.
Shortly before 10:30 a.m., Delray Beach Police received the first call about a robbery at TD Bank at 969 SE Fifth Ave.
Armed with a machete, the man demanded cash and sped off in a dark-colored car, said Ted White, spokesperson for the police department.
A chase spanning more than 40 miles across South Florida began. As Delray Beach Police officers followed north on Interstate 95, they lost track of the suspect’s car in Boynton Beach.
The suspect was still on the run more than an hour after he entered the bank. The pursuit continued through Broward and as far south as Miami Gardens in Miami-Dade.
Broward Sheriff’s Apprehension Team detectives and the aviation unit joined the pursuit.
Once officials caught up to him in the parking lot at St. Monica’s Catholic Church, at 3490 NW 191st St., he appeared to be tossing cash out the window, WSVN-Ch.7 reported, as he stood off with deputies.
The chase ended shortly after 12 p.m. when Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested the suspect.
No one at the bank was injured, White said, and he took an undisclosed amount of cash.
The suspect’s name was not released Tuesday afternoon. White said the FBI will take over the case.