Man Fends off Attackers in Apartment

By Strickland, Sandy | The Florida Times Union, July 26, 2008 | Go to article overview

Man Fends off Attackers in Apartment


Strickland, Sandy, The Florida Times Union


Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND

A 35-year-old man was lying in bed when he heard voices in his Arlington apartment at 3:25 a.m. July 19. When he went to his bedroom door, two men tried to barge inside. He put his weight against the door, shouted and asked who they were but got no response, police said.

The men fired three shots - one going through the door - before running out of the apartment in the 800 block of Alderman Road. The victim's 13-year-old daughter told police she was awakened by the shots and saw the men running out of the apartment. Police found three empty shell casings near the door.

- Police arrested two men, 19 and 16, who are suspects in three armed robberies committed early the morning of July 19. The Kangaroo at 8838 Atlantic Blvd. was robbed of an undetermined amount of money followed by the Hess station at 9370 Atlantic Blvd., police said.

The men were detained after a witness to the third robbery at the BP station at 3551 University Blvd. followed them to 1755 Leon Road, despite being shot at from the passenger-side window, police said. The witness, a customer who was robbed, got their tag number and followed them to the Commons Apartment complex where they abandoned their vehicle and fled on foot, police said.

The following are crimes and other incidents reported recently in Arlington to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office:

Armed robbery:

Food Mart Plus, 7640 Atlantic Blvd. - A man pointed a pistol at an employee and told him to hand over money from the registers at 9:05 p.m. July 16.

Regency Mall, 9501 Arlington Expressway - A 31-year-old man was robbed after closing the business he manages and walking to his vehicle at 9 p.m. July 16. A man holding a gun told him not to turn around or he would shoot. …

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