We previously reported on an alleged bank robbery of the Wells Fargo in Sandalfoot Square. The man accused in that incident, Ronel Laurent (above, 46), was arrested again Monday accused of Grand Theft of a motor vehicle. This arrest was made by Boca Raton city police.
Court records indicate that Mr. Laurent is being held without bond pending a mental health assessment. Both cases have been assigned to the Veterans Court division, and he’s scheduled to appear in front of Judge Kelley on Thursday morning.
The Wells Fargo Bank in Sandalfoot Cove was the scene of an attempted bank robbery yesterday. Multiple readers tipped us off and one sent us some photos. As usual we keep our tipsters and photographers anonymous unless they request to be identified.
Above you can see deputies in the process of arresting a man wearing blue. The blotter shows Ronel Laurent (mugshot below) arrested for robbery and booked yesterday up in West Palm Beach around 9 pm, which is roughly consistent with the timing of our first tip, around 5 pm.
Also, the mugshot shows him wearing roughly the same blue that the person being arrested is wearing in that photo at top. Mr. Laurent’s reported address is in Boca Trails, just south of Judge Winikoff near 441. It appears to be a rental.
The Wells Fargo Bank is in the Sandalfoot Square plaza close to the intersection of 441 and Sandalfoot, less than a mile on foot from Mr. Laurent’s reported address.
We see no previous history for Mr. Laurent in Palm Beach County. However, we do see a felony battery case from Coconut Creek, in Broward, from 1999. When he’s not allegedly robbing banks or hitting people, he appears to work in asset management for a loan servicing company based in Miami-Dade County.
Here are a couple more scene pictures from our reader/tipster: