Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

1 Arrested, 1 Sought in Robbery; 4 Arrested in Graffiti Spree Police Briefing

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

1 Arrested, 1 Sought in Robbery; 4 Arrested in Graffiti Spree Police Briefing

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Byline: Dan Scanlan, Staff writer

A 19-year-old Springfield man was arrested Jan. 4 on a charge of armed robbery after he and another man attacked a third man repairing his car at an apartment complex at 2150 Emerson St. and robbed him at gunpoint, police said.

The victim told police he was visiting a friend in the complex at 10 p.m. when his car began overheating and he had to add water. As he was working under the hood, two men -- one with a gun -- walked up from behind and demanded his money. One of the two men then reached into the car and stole some money; the gunman hit the victim in the back of the head before fleeing.

The victim drove to a nearby gas station and called police, who took the man back to the complex to look for his attackers. Police said they passed two men who fit the description, but the pair ran into nearby woods. Police set up a perimeter around the wooded area and a search by helicopter and police dog began. Following an hour-long search, police said they found and arrested one man. Police said warrants for resisting an officer and driving with a suspended license were found against the man.

The man was booked into the Duval County jail early the next day; he has a court appearance scheduled for Jan. 28, police said.

Following are the crimes and other incidents reported recently in the Southside, according to the Jacksonville Sheriffs Offices:

-- Someone apparently used gasoline to set fire to a truck and a corner of the El Taco Feliz restaurant at 6082 St. Augustine Road early Sunday, causing an estimated $2,000 in damage, according to police.

Police said the owner and chef discovered a fire burning on the south side of the business next to a white truck at 1:40 a.m. and put it out, but not before it charred the building's paint and damaged the front of the truck. Police said they smelled gasoline, and fire investigators were called to the scene.

-- Three Atlantic Beach women, 17, 18 and 18, and a Neptune Beach woman 18, were arrested early Monday on charges of criminal mischief and trespassing on school grounds after they spray-painted graffiti on walls at Sandalwood High School, 2750 John Prom Blvd. …

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