FBI arrests Miami attorney accused of multiple bank robberies

Posted at 7:31 AM, October 22, 2020 and last updated 4:30 PM, July 21, 2023

This Oct. 15, 2020, still from a HSBC surveillance video shows the bank robbery suspect the FBI believes is Aaron Patrick Honaker. (FBI)

MIAMI, Fla. (Court TV) — A Miami attorney is accused of multiple bank robberies that took place over the course of three weeks.

Aaron Patrick Honaker, 41, allegedly robbed $1,050 from a bank on Oct. 3, then $800 from another bank on Oct. 10. He also attempted to rob four other banks, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

According to the release, Honaker’s modus operandi consisted of entering each bank alone, asking a teller for assistance in making a withdrawal, then passing a note to the teller with hand-written instructions and warnings to empty the drawer, stating “I have a gun.” He would also take the note with him as he left the bank.

Officials honed in on Honaker as a suspect when they reportedly spotted him “appearing to be casing the area around a Coral Gables bank” on Oct. 20. According to an affidavit, Honaker “matched the FBI bulletin descriptions” of the bank robbery suspect.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said he “had a ball-point hammer tucked in his waistband and carried what appeared to be bank robbery demand notes and instructions on “how-to” commit bank robberies.”

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