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Wednesday, January 19, 2022
bank robber caught
bank robber caught

Authorities arrested a Gainesville man Wednesday evening after they said he robbed the Campus USA Credit Union on Archer Road, causing a multi-agency manhunt and leaving some residents blocked from their homes.

At about 1:40 p.m., William Rossignol, 31, showed the bank teller what looked like a handgun, Gainesville Police spokesman Officer Ben Tobias said.

Rossignol is suspected of robbing a Wells Fargo bank July 20, and Tobias arrested him Nov. 4, 2015, for stealing an iPad from a room at GPD headquarters, according to multiple press releases.

Rossignol then drove a stolen Honda Accord at about 100 mph before parking at Lexington Crossing Apartments and running, Tobias wrote in an email.

The complex was blocked for about six hours.

“We know that he’s a drug user; we know that he’s desperate,” Tobias said during the search.

Ce’Ara Anderson, who lives in one of the blocked search areas, said her young niece was home.

“They told me that it’s not safe for me to go home, so I don’t think it’s safe for her to be at home,” she said.

As the search began to end at about 8 p.m., Rossignol was seen at the intersection of Southwest 31st Drive and 41st Place, he wrote.

Authorities arrested Rossignol on charges of grand theft auto, robbery and fleeing. They took him to the Alachua County Jail where, as of press time, he remains without bond.

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