Deputies nab suspected bank robber trying to make getaway on Lynx bus

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ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. —

An accused bank robber, who investigators said tried to use a public bus to make his getaway, is in jail Tuesday night.

It happened at the Wells Fargo Bank on South Orange Blossom Trail, near Principal Row.

Investigators say Jones walked into the bank just before noon and demanded money from the manager, after implying he had a gun.

They said he then walked across the road to a gas station where he changed his outfit and tried to disguise himself. But investigators said bank employees were watching Jones the entire time.

"This is not the sharpest knife in the drawer that we're talking about," said Sgt. P. Parks Duncan of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

Duncan said Jones then went to a Lynx bus stop and climbed aboard the next bus that stopped.

The bus got about 100 feet from the stop when it was stopped by deputies.

"I just heard a lot of yelling and screaming and 'Get down on the ground,' and 'Get off the bus. Everybody on the ground,'" said eyewitness Danny Burch. "And the cops were out here with their guns out pulling everyone off the bus."

Channel 9 learned that Jones was released from prison just last week and that investigators ran across him on Friday while they were targeting a high-crime area along Orange Blossom Trail.