Satellite Beach, FL (Florida Today) -- It was supposed to be a magical trip aboard a Disney cruise ship for
37-year-old Cedrick Royce Swinson, his girlfriend and her two children.
the Charlotte, N.C., man is in jail on charges of carrying out a credit
union robbery Thursday in Satellite Beach. Investigators say Swinson
could not come up with the final balance owed for the cruise, and he
felt "pressured" to fulfill his promise to buy tickets for the
"It's a bizarre set of circumstances," said Cmdr. Brad Hodge of the Satellite Beach Police Department.
Beach police said Swinson and his girlfriend drove overnight to Brevard
County to take the cruise, when he discovered the cash for his final
payment was not available for withdrawal.
"He claimed he had money in the bank but that he couldn't get access to it or that they had a hold on it," Hodge said.
said he felt pressured to follow through with his promise to take (the
girlfriend and her two children) on a Disney cruise and decided to rob
the credit union."
robbery happened at about 10:40 a.m. at the Navy Federal Credit Union
in the Atlantic Shopping Plaza at Scorpion Lane and State Road A1A.
No one was hurt.
Beach police - alerted by a bank alarm - and deputies from the Brevard
County Sheriff's Office responded within minutes and set up a perimeter
along the commercial strip.
told police that the robber strolled into the bank, walked past the
customer service agents and slid over a note demanding cash.
"He put his hand into his sweatjacket pocket as if to indicate that he had a weapon," Holdge said.
said Swinson, wearing a cap and sweatsuit, then left the building and
got into a white sport utility vehicle where his girlfriend and her two
children, ages 6 and 11, were waiting inside.
Beach spotted a similar-lookingsport utility vehicle about five minutes
later as it headed west on the Pineda Causeway.
Officers, with weapons drawn, took Swinson into custody. No weapons were found in the vehicle, but officers recovered cash.
Police questioned the girlfriend but do not believe she knew of Swinson's plan.
was horrified and the children were upset. They watched as we took him
into custody. They drove here overnight from Charlotte for a cruise. But
they didn't know he was going to do this," Hodge said, adding that
police were searching Swinson's bank records to verify his claims.
The woman and her children were allowed to leave the police station following questioning.
was taken to the Brevard County Jail Complex where he was booked on
robbery, grand theft and driving on a suspended license charges, records