- By Olivia Hitchcock Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Hours before they were going to kill an armored truck’s guards and steal $4 million in cash, officials say, three Palm Beach County men were taken into custody on Interstate 95 near Palm City. The FBI takedown closed the highway during rush hour Feb. 20.
The Martin County Sheriff’s Office released aerial footage late Thursday of more than a dozen law-enforcement authorities surrounding the suspects shortly before 9 a.m. that Tuesday in the southbound lanes of I-95 just south of the State Road 714 exit.
The men had planned to rob an armored truck that would be transporting cash from a PNC Bank in Port St. Lucie, federal documents state. One of the guards reportedly was in on the heist. The Palm Beach County robbers planned to kill the ones who weren’t.
Daryl Canady, a Riviera Beach man in his 40s, told an FBI informant he had been masterminding the robbery for two years, documents show.
The robbery, he said, would be “like taking candy from a baby … (if you have the) balls to do it.”
The confidential informant contacted federal authorities Feb. 13 about the deadly robbery plan, which they pieced together through hidden recordings of the informant’s meetings with the other would-be robbers.
Canady planned that one person would take the cash from the armored truck while Canady held a guard at gunpoint. The person would toss the cash to the informant, who would then put it in a stolen truck. Canady would kill the guards who weren’t in on the plan.
Canady, who is known as “Doo-Doo,” insisted that only he needed a gun. However, Alger Lee Ellison told the informant he was going to hide a small handgun in his pocket during the robbery.
“I ain’t going to sit in the car,” said Ellison, 33, who has been in and out of prison since 2000. “It’s a (expletive) life on the line. It’s cash on the line, bro.”
Soon after the informant alerted federal agents to the plan, authorities watched the informant meet with Canady and Martiavius Leon Williams near Canady’s Riviera Beach home.
When they left in a stolen truck and a Chevrolet Malibu, agents followed, but Canady and Williams realized they were on their trails, so the men fled.
The four people who planned to take part in the robbery agreed to do dry runs of the deadly crime before the real date: Feb. 20. With just hours to spare, FBI agents secured a warrant for their arrests Feb. 19.
The Martin County Sheriff’s Office’s helicopter followed them as they crossed into Martin County during one of the test runs early Feb 20.
Video from the helicopter shows more than a dozen FBI, Martin, Palm Beach and St. Lucie counties sheriff’s vehicles surrounding the suspects who appear to be in a black sedan heading south on I-95.
Within moments, one of the men exits the car and crawls toward the side of the road, where he is handcuffed. Another man steps out of the driver’s seat with his hands up. Authorities appear to escort a third man out of the car.
It’s unclear whether the informant was in the car.
Canady, Ellison and Williams, who is in his late 20s, were arrested on federal robbery charges. They are being detained in Palm Beach County.
Federal authorities would not comment on whether they expect to make more arrests in the case. They said the investigation remains open.