Man charged in Palm Coast, Jax bank robberies

Suspect faces charges in 3 counties, suspect in others

Published On: Jun 21 2012 04:41:11 PM EDT   Updated On: Jun 22 2012 11:31:49 AM EDT
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PALM COAST, Fla. -

An Apopka, Fla., man arrested in connection with a May 17 bank robbery in Palm Coast is also facing similar charges in Jacksonville and a suspect in St. Johns and Flagler counties.

Deputies said Kevin Lee Cotterman, 41, went into the Bank of America on Belle Terre Parkway at around 11:15 a.m. and gave the teller a note saying he had a gun. The teller handed him an envelope of money and Cotterman fled, according to deputies.

Cotterman is also accused of holding up two banks in Jacksonville, one in Orange County and is a suspect in robberies in St. Johns and Volusia counties that happened in May and June.

Serial bank robber photo "This man was a one-man crime spree who terrorized people as well as robbed them. I would hope he is off the streets forever," said Flagler County Sheriff Donald Fleming.

Deputies said a tip from Crime Stoppers in DeLand led them to Cotterman. They matched Cotterman to security photos taken at the bank and when they arrested him, he confessed to the crime, detective said.

Cotterman is being held in the Seminole county jail on charges of grand theft and robbery, as well as on outstanding warrants from Flagler, Orange and Duval counties.