Serial bank robber arrested in Martin County

Detectives take bank robbery suspect Tamarley Jahwada Orr to a waiting car to be transferred to Palm Beach County on Tequesta’s bank robbery charges. (Source: MCSO)


Last Saturday, TD Bank in Palm City was robbed as employees were preparing to close. The armed suspect was described as a black male, with dreadlocks, driving a rust colored Chevy Cavalier.

Saturday, the Martin County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Tequesta Police informing MCSO of a bank robbery that just occurred in their jurisdiction.

The suspect was described as a black male with dreadlocks, driving a rust colored Chevy Cavalier.

He told bank employees that he had a bomb. Tequesta Police informed us that they were following the suspect vehicle, and it was heading into Martin County. Martin County Sheriff’s Deputies and air unit immediately converged onto Bridge Road, just east of I-95, where deputies initiated a felony traffic stop on the car. The suspect immediately stopped the car.

32-year old Tamarley Jahwada Orr of Miami was immediately taken into custody. Inside his vehicle, in plain view was money. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Disposal Team was called in along with Martin County Fire Rescue’s Haz-Mat Team.

After bomb technicians located the device inside the vehicle, it was determined to be a can of lighter fluid, and wires wrapped with duct tape.

Meanwhile, Martin County Sheriff’s Detectives questioned Orr, who confessed to three bank robberies, including the Palm City robbery, Saturday’s robbery in Tequesta, and a bank robbery which occurred on May 9th in Fort Meyers.

Orr was transferred to the Palm Beach County Jail, charged with the Tequesta bank robbery. He will also be charged with the Palm City bank robbery as well as the Ft. Meyers robbery. Officials will be executing a search warrant on the suspect’s car in the coming days. The FBI will be taking over the investigation from there.

Thanks to Martin County Fire Rescue, Florida Highway Patrol and Tequesta Police for assisting the Martin County Sheriff’s Office putting an end to the crimes of this serial bank robber.

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