In a bank robbery in Florida, a man shot five women in the back of the head
SEBRING, Florida – A man tried to rob the Florida branch of SunTrust Bank and shot five women in the back of the head during the robbery, police officers said on Thursday.
Sebring Police Chief Karl Hoglund stated that the person named Zefen Xaver had no intention of robbing banks and Xaver was not linked to the victims.
Zefen Xaver, 21, was charged with bank robbery and five murders.
Police Chief Hoglund added, “The person who took over the bank shot everyone in the bank and called 911 and killed everyone.”
In light of the statements, the victims of the robbery were found with bullets behind their heads in a prone position. The bullets were from the Xaver 9mm pistol.
Xaver, who phoned the 911, refused to surrender and refused the officers to take the victims. Upon this, the chief asked for support from the special forces after an hour of bargaining. After the special forces intervention, Xaver was found in an office at the bank.
Amir stated that the victims who were shot with a gun were dead until Xaver was found. There were two victims determined by the superior; client Cynthia Watson and bank clerk Marisol Lopez. However, under the Florida Victim Rights Act, three other families did not want the victims’ names to be disclosed.
Police chief Hoglund said the community was mourning the victims. After the questions asked, the officers ended the press conference they held about the incident. However, among the questions asked was how Xaver obtained the gun, but were not answered.
Xaver appeared in court Thursday morning and a lawyer was assigned to him. Xaver, kept without bail, wore a prison uniform.
Xaver’s father said that his son was not raised as such a person and was upset about the losses. “Xaver was a good boy, but he had problems. But he has never hurt anyone before because of his problems.” he said to reporters.
For Alex Gerlach, Xaver’s ex-girlfriend, it wasn’t shocking. She said he had the idea of murder for a long time, but no one took it seriously. “Xaver wanted everyone to die and he hated everyone,” Garlach said in an interview with WSBT-TV. Continuing his statements, Gerlach stated that “He was suspended from school for threatening everyone in his class with death. And nobody took me seriously when I said that.” in her words.
It was also revealed that Xaver bought a pistol last week. Nobody thought he would commit murder with a gun.
Xaver was someone who also had problems during his school years. Some schools in northern Indiana claimed they failed to graduate. Sherri Martin, spokesperson for Stevens-Henger College in Salt Lake City, confirmed that Xaver registered between September and December 2018.
According to the records of the Florida Department of Corrections, Xaver worked as an intern at the Avon Park Correctional Facility between November 2nd and January 9th. He resigned and did not commit any crime.
Xaver and his mother lived first in Plymouth and then in Sebring, according to official records and eyewitnesses. They lived in a prefabricated house 4 miles from the bank where the robbery took place.
Their neighbor, John Laroz, said about Xaver that “He was playing video games and shouting at night, keeping himself separate as well.”
With the murders in the bank robbery, it was the fourth armed attack in Florida in which at least five people died in the last three years. In 2016, one person killed 49 people in a nightclub in Orlando. Five people died at Fort Lauderdale airport in 2017, and 17 at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in February.
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