Fort Lauderdale

FBI Searching for Serial Broward Bank Robbery Suspect

Dijon Gortezz Hudson, 21, wanted in connection with at least two bank robberies, FBI says

The FBI is searching for a Fort Lauderdale man who's believed to be behind at least two bank robberies last month that coincided with nearby bomb threats.

A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information leading to the arrest of 21-year-old Dijon Gortezz Hudson, FBI officials said Thursday.

Hudson is wanted for his alleged involvement in the July 22 robbery of the Popular Bank at 8401 W. Oakland Park Boulevard in Sunrise, and the July 25 robbery of the Synovus Bank at 632 S. Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale.

According to an arrest warrant, minutes before the Popular robbery, someone called 911 claiming there were two bombs at an Anytime Fitness on W. Oakland Park Boulevard.

Shortly before the Synovus robbery, 911 received a call of a bomb threat to the Galleria Mall in Fort Lauderdale, the warrant said.

Both bomb threat calls came from the same phone number. GPS data for the phone number indicated it was frequently in the area of Hudson's girlfriend's house, the warrant said.

Police later found the car believed to be involved in the bank robberies, which belonged to Hudson's girlfriend, the warrant said. 

Officials said Hudson should be considered armed and dangerous.

“He obviously goes into a bank with a gun and demands money and gets the money, but before he gets to the bank, to divert police assets, he will call in a bomb threat," FBI special agent Michael Leverock said. "And in fact, he called one in at the Galleria Mall which shut that down for merchants and customers alike, so what we’re looking at more importantly is the violence that he uses in carrying a gun to the bank."

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI in Miami at 754-703-2000.

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