Brian Henderson

Brian Henderson, 49, is accused of robbing a Chase Bank in Dania Beach and making bomb threats to Publix stores. (Handout, Broward Sheriffs Office / December 20, 2013)

Brian W. Henderson was identified Friday as the man who robbed a Chase Bank in Dania Beach while claiming to have a bomb on his chest, the Broward Sheriff's Office said.

The 49-year-old entered the bank just before noon Dec. 13 and handed the teller a note that indicated someone was forcing him to rob the bank, according to court documents.

The robbery note read: "I have locked a bomb around this man's neck. If you set off an alarm I will detonate it. Give him $40,000 in used non-sequential $100 bills. If you give him a dye pack or a tracking device or if the police show up, I will blow him up.''

Bank employees put the money in a bag and gave it to Henderson. He was confronted by Broward Sheriff's deputies outside the bank and he told them someone put a live bomb around his neck and forced him to rob the bank. Deputies shot Henderson several times when he stopped complying with their orders, investigators said.


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As Henderson lay wounded on the ground, the bomb squad removed the suspected bomb from his chest. It turned out to be a hoax device consisting of a U-shaped lock, 7-inch pipe, two end caps, a black plastic box and duct tape, officials said.

The FBI and Broward Sheriff's detectives later found Henderson's blue scooter parked three blocks from the bank. They confirmed his ownership of the scooter and found a similar U-shaped lock on the front wheel. Detectives unlocked it with keys taken from Henderson, court documents stated.

The pipe recovered from the fake bomb was traced to a hardware store less than a mile from Henderson's apartment in the 700 block of Northeast Fourth Street in Hallandale Beach, the FBI said.

Agents interviewed Henderson in the hospital shortly after he was shot. He claimed a stranger approached him outside his home, forced him inside and held him at gunpoint. Henderson said he didn't know the gunman, but the gunman knew Henderson's name and ordered him to write the note before putting the bomb around Henderson's neck, investigators said.

Agents interviewed Henderson again Wednesday and he confessed to acting alone.

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