Largo police arrest bank robbery suspect

Ronald Joseph Massey

LARGO – Police arrested a 36-year-old Largo man Jan. 16 in connection with two attempted bank robberies in Largo.

Largo police say Ronald Joseph Massey attempted to enter the Bank of America at 12046 Indian Rocks Road about 8:30 a.m. Jan. 16, but the bank was closed. According to employees who were inside the bank at the time, Massey was wearing a mask when he tried to open the locked front door.

Largo police were called and Massey rode away on a bicycle.

Largo police received a call at 9:06 a.m. from the BB&T bank at 14141 Walsingham Road, which is about a quarter mile south of the Bank of America. Police say Massey entered the lobby of that bank armed with a knife; however, the tellers, who were behind safety glass, were able to leave the area and call police. Massey left the bank on a bicycle.

In what police describe as an “ironic twist,” Massey returned to the Bank of America where Officer Jason Misner was still investigating the suspect’s original attempt to get inside. Massey entered the bank wearing a mask and armed with a knife. Misner confronted Massey and took him into custody without incident.

He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on charges of armed robbery, attempted armed robbery and violation of probation for armed robbery.

Largo police say Massey had been released from prison Jan. 10 after serving time for prior convictions for robbing two other Largo banks.

Massey is not connected to the recent robberies of the Largo and Clearwater Wells Fargo banks.