Police in Florida were hunting down a man who allegedly attacked a woman while she was at a bank ATM Monday. A day later they received a big break from an unexpected source: the suspect's girlfriend.
WKMG-TV reported that West Melbourne police were following leads for a man, who was captured on a Bank of America surveillance camera with his arms around a woman's neck Monday night. Police put out this image publicly, and it was later seen by a woman who said she was the girlfriend of 44-year-old Scott Deason.
Scott Deason, 44, of West Melbourne, Florida, was arrested Tuesday after his girlfriend called 911, saying he looked like the suspect in an ATM robbery that took place Monday. (Image source: West Melbourne Police Department)
The woman called 911 when she saw his face come on the TV and confirmed the likeness with the man's parents.
"I need a police officer. I believe I have the suspect that you guys are looking for the ATM robbery — I'm almost positive — he's my boyfriend," the girlfriend told a 911 dispatcher. "And he was out all night on a drinking binge and we had no idea where he was."
The woman said her boyfriend was sleeping at the time when she made the call.
According to the West Melbourne Police Department, the unnamed victim was approached from behind by a male who demanded cash while she was at an ATM Monday around 8:30 p.m. He wrapped his arm around her throat and threatened her. WKMG added that the victim said the man had a hammer.
The victim, at this point, pushed the panic button on her car alarm, prompting the suspect to flee without any money.
After the tip came in from the suspect's girlfriend, Deason was arrested and charged with armed robbery and false imprisonment, according to a news release from the police department.
Watch WKMG-TV's report on the arrest: