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Tampa couple charged in 15 bank robberies

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Updated: 11/10/2013 1:36 pm
TAMPA, Fla. (WFTV) -- A husband and wife from Tampa are facing federal charges for allegedly robbing 15 banks over the past year, including a few in central Florida.

The Tampa Tribune reports that FBI agents arrested twenty-eight-year-old Immanuel Lee Williams and his wife, Cara Lee Williams, this week at their Tampa home. The two are accused of robbing 13 banks in Florida and two in Alabama. Authorities say they used disguises and notes to demand money.

The Williams allegedly robbed the Chase bank on Orange Blossom Trail in Orange County on January 22. They're also accused in a Chase bank robbery in Lakeland that happened just days earlier on January 19.

Federal investigators said all of the robberies took place between December 2012 and October of this year. Each of the suspects faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison.

Investigators say the robberies followed a pattern. The couple allegedly used gloves, afro-style wigs and demand notes written on yellow index cards.

Immanuel Lee Williams is being held without bail. A bond hearing for Cara Lee Williams is set for November 14.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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