JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- First Coast Crime Stoppers and ABC Fine Wine & Spirits have each donated reward funds totaling $6,000 to catch an unknown suspect wanted for the armed robbery of an ABC on Lane Avenue on July 2.
A black male dressed in black clothing and a black T-shirt wrapped around his face as a mask entered the store approximately ten minutes before closing, according to a Jacksonville Sheriff's Office report.
Two female employees were in the manager's office when the suspect slid across the counter carrying what appeared to be an "'AK' assault type weapon," the report stated.
The suspect entered the manager's office, grabbed a stack of money that was on the counter, then demanded money from the safe.
"I want all the money now," the suspect said, according an employee account from the report.
Another employee was told by the suspect that "you are asking too many questions," so she proceeded to lie face down on the floor.
He placed money from the safe in his clothing and then demanded that the tills be opened. He then took two bottles of Hennessy cognac from the shelf along with the register money and exited the store without further incident.
Prior to the robbery, the second employee observed a sliver vehicle outside of the store. During the robbery, the suspect told this employee, "I'm not here to rob you, just the company" and "I have a child, this is the only way I know to get by."
The suspect got away with a total of $1,250, according to Lt. Derrick Harvey with the JSO robbery unit.
Crime Stoppers executive director Wyllie Hodges took a different approach when announcing the reward. Instead of appealing to the public to find the suspect, Hodges spoke directly to the suspect and his friends.
"It doesn't take much of a man to walk into a store, stick a gun in someone's face and demand their money," Hodges said. "It does take a man to do the right thing."
Harvey said this suspect may also be involved in a robbery that took place at a Hess gas station on June 30, but the surveillance video is not good enough quality to conclusively connect him.
If you have any information about the robbery, you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.
First Coast News