MEET THE NEW BONNIE & CLYDE
Immanuel and Cara Lee Williams weren’t about to let anything get in the way of their alleged bank-robbing spree – even the birth of their baby!
The terrible twosome from Tampa, Fla., have been accused of robbing 15 banks over 11 months, taking a few weeks off last December so Cara Lee could recuperate after delivering the couple’s child.
Incredibly, just three weeks after the tot’s Dec. 15, 2012, birth, cops say Cara Lee and Immanuel hit two Florida banks in one day!
“It’s an amazing story,” said a law enforcement official. “Truth really is stranger than fiction. They’re being called the new ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ – but the original Bonnie didn’t give birth to a baby while robbing banks.”
The crime spree began on Dec. 5, 2012, when the pair, both 28, allegedly robbed a Chase bank in Tampa.
As a string of other banks suffered the same fate, police and the FBI noticed similarities among the heists. “In each of the robberies, the black male wore long-sleeve shirts, a hat and/or a wig, and gloves and/or tape on his hands and fingers,” said an 18-page FBI affidavit released by the U.S. Attorney in Tampa.
The suspects were so brazen they even hit two banks on one day on more than one occasion. On Jan. 9, Immanuel allegedly walked into a Chase bank in Brandon, Fla., wearing a cap and long-sleeved dress shirt and passed over his demand note to a teller.
Less than an hour later, he’s accused of hitting a SunTrust Bank in nearby Seffner and fleeing with the money on foot. The couple spaced out their robberies for the rest of the year, until Aug. 28, when they allegedly held up the Bank of America in Auburndale, Fla. – the same bank they’d robbed back on Feb. 21 – before knocking off the MidFlorida Credit Union in nearby Davenport just over an hour later.
And all the while, the two managed to hold down jobs with Immanuel working part time as a postal employee and Cara Lee employed at...a bank!
The brazen spree began to unravel after the Davenport heist, when surveillance video from a lo- cal business showed what looked to be Immanuel getting into a black Mercedes-Benz sports utility vehicle. They sent a request to Florida Turnpike officials asking if a similar vehicle passed through a nearby toll plaza.
“Bingo,” said a law enforcement official. “Images of a 2011 Mercedes- Benz were recorded and tracked to the registered owner – Cara Lee Williams – She also had a white 2012 Ford Mustang that had also been used in some of the robberies.”
The couple was charged with conspiracy to obstruct, delay, or affect commerce by robbery and conspiracy to commit bank robbery.
If convicted on all charges, each faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison