Fight Back Robbery
A trip to the bakery was a recipe for trouble for two young men from Ocala. Officers are looking for three teens who robbed the pair at gunpoint.
Police believe they are all between the ages of 15 to 17. The victim said he has seen one of the attackers around town.
"I think they were in a mission that day and we were the first ones to cross their path," said Randy Rice.
Twenty-two -year-old randy rice of Ocala is recovering from three gunshots to his knee.
Rice and his friend we were walking to a local bakery to get some cannolis. When they got to the intersection of NW 1st Ave and NW 14th Street. a black male with white hair approached them.
That's the guy rice said he's seen before.
According to the police report the man asked him for drugs, but rice said they were making small talk.
"He's like what are you all doing. We are just like we are walking down to the bakery real quick. He's like ok and he starts walking with us and we turn around," said Rice.
Rice told us as soon as they turned around, he heard two other people behind them and they were acting suspicious. So he decided to walk back home with his friend. then one of the teens asked him for directions.
"By the time I turned back around he had a 38 in my face 38 snub nose revolve in my face and he is talking about empty out my pockets," said Rice.
All this happeneing only a couple houses away from their home.
"The other kid had the gun pointed at my head and then the other kid had it pointed at my legs and then whenever the other kid shot me in the leg i punched the kid that had the gun in my face and then I fell. When I hit the ground I was like run," said Rice.
Rices' friend got away, but Rice wasn't so lucky. One of the teens shot him two more times in the knee and then they all ran off.
A neighbor rushed over to the side of his house when he heard the gun shot.
"That's when a black guy come running around the corner. He just had his hands up and hollering "I didn't do it" he kept running," said Charles Howard who lives in the neighborhood.
Rice said one of the reasons he fought back was to protect his friend.
The minor who was with rice during the robbery was not injured and only had $15 stolen from him.
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