Man Linked to String of Robberies
Gainesville, FL -- Gainesville police say they have linked a robber to a string of crimes in North Central Florida. 20-year-old Nig'el Jenkins was booked on June 5th on armed robbery charges.
Tallahassee resident Cheryl Williams was in town for her son's graduation when she went to a nearby bank on Newberry Road to get some cash. As she was walking back to her car, police say Jenkins drove up to her and demanded money.
"The gentleman rolled down the window and stuck out his gun at me and said give me your money," said Williams.
Williams refused and got in her car. That's when Jenkins drove away - but he didn't stop there.
Police say just 30 minutes after attempting to rob Williams, Jenkins went to Gator View Apartments on 18th street and committed an armed robber against a resident and one of his friends.
Resident Patrick Clark says many in the complex were shaken up.
"I believe it was actually on the morning that it occurred, a young lady actually, i was smoking a cigarette outside my door right there and she came up and she seemed a little bit rattled and she told me have you received the text messages of the string of robberies," said Clark.
Ten days later police found Jenkins, thanks in part to Williams' quick thinking. As he was driving away, she wrote down his tag number, which led police to a stolen vehicle, driven by Jenkins.
"Approximately 10 days later on the 14th of may ASO deputies located that vehicle and attempted to stop it," according to Detective Thomas Harrison, with the Gainesville Police Department.
Harrison says authorities used information gathered from Jenkins' cell phone to link the crimes.
He said, "there were two cell phones located in the vehicle that was stopped on the 14th by ASO and based on additional investigations we were able to use information from the cell phones that provided us with probable cause to arrest the same subject that was in the vehicle."
Gainesville Police Department also collaborated with Putnam County, Palatka Police Department and Alachua County Sheriffs Office in the investigation.
Harrison says one of the best ways authorities can get information to help take criminals off the streets is through the community. He says any information can help.
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