Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Armed Would-Be Robber Finds More Than He Bargained For

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Armed Would-Be Robber Finds More Than He Bargained For

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Byline: HEATHER LOVEJOY

An armed robbery attempt on the Northside backfired on the gunman last week. Instead of making off with cash, he ended up under arrest and in the hospital with a gunshot wound, according to a police report.

The robbery victim, 24, told police he was checking his mother's mailbox in the 14000 block of Rocket Street on the afternoon of June 26 when two men demanded his money.

He thwarted the gunman, 19, of the Northside, by grabbing the gun, which went off during the struggle. He then ran and hid behind a nearby trailer, and the gunman fired several shots at him, police were told.

The would-be robbers - one limping - then got into a car and fled the scene, police were told.

The gunman later called rescue services because he had been shot.

The following are crimes and other incidents reported recently on the Northside and in surrounding neighborhoods:

Armed robbery:

Savannah Trace Apartments, 10621 Monaco Drive - A 21-year-old Northside man told police he was robbed at gunpoint Monday afternoon by an acquaintance he agreed to give a ride home because it was raining. He said the man took $87, his cell phone and his necklace valued at $30.

5200 block of Archery Avenue - A 35-year-old woman told police she was robbed at gunpoint about 3:15 a.m. June 26 when she got home. A masked man with a revolver took her designer purse containing $600, she told police.

9400 block of Spotswood Road - A woman passing out fliers in the Sherwood area for her employer was robbed at gunpoint on the evening of June 24, according to a police report. The victim, 29, told police the man took her shorts after she told him she had no money.

Strong-arm robbery:

1200 block of West 25th Street - A 47-year-old man told police he was leaving the Moncrief Discount Food Store on the morning of June 28 when at least five men punched him in the face and head until he fell to the ground. He said the men took his wallet containing $100.

Arson:

1100 block of Hart Street - The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department put out a fire on the evening of June 24 at an apparently abandoned house, according to a police report. …

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