Early Morning Robbery Leads to Car Chase
Captain Jim Troiano of the Alachua County Sheriff's office says what started as a robbery at the Kangaroo in Newberry, led Alachua County deputies on a high speed hunt for 29 year-old Derrick D. Edwards.
But that's not all, deputies say that Edwards is believed to have been involved in another robbery just yesterday.
With the threat a gun and a pack of mentos candies, Edwards who led police on the hunt is now in custody for more than just one crime.
Troiano says this incident was not usual, "People should be concerned but this is not a rash of robberies that have occurred. we're looking at one individual potentially connected to two robberies and he's been arrested for the one."
Around 2:40 a.m. this morning, Edwards pumped a little more than $12 of gas, entered the store and with the threat of a gun demanded what was in the register.
"The clerk did the right thing she gave him approximately $55 he then left the store," added Troiano.
Using details provided by the clerk, ASO dispatched a description of Edwards' Nissan. Soon he was spotted on Millhopper Road and when asked to pull over, he took off.
"When we attempted to bump the car or push it off the road several times and that was unsuccessful," says Troiano.
But the break law enforcement needed came from an unlikely helper, a trucker. By slowing down, the truck forced Edwards' to go around landing him in the median. That gave officers a chance to use precision immobilizing techniques.
"The attempt renders the vehicle inoperable at which time we were able to arrest him," says Troiano.
Now charged with robbery and aggravated attempt to flee and elude authorities, Edwards is in jail. Police say he's also admitted to holding up the Publix in Jonesville, where he walked away with $100 dollars. While ASO has not found a weapon, Edwards' says he had a pack of mentos in his pocket which would have led the clerk to believe his threat.
In a case of robbery Troiano says, "Your assets do not compare to your life or the life of another, so we ask you to please use caution use your common sense and comply."
Alachua sheriff's deputies are still investigating whether Edwards did in fact rob the grocery store yesterday.
By Stacey Samuel, WCJB TV20 News
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