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2 men have been charged in murder-robbery on Art Museum Drive

12:54 PM, Oct 8, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two men have been charged with the September murder-robbery of a Jacksonville teenager at the Landon Imperial Apartments on Art Museum Drive.

Antonio Atwater, 20, and Earl Grant, 20, were both arrested Friday in the murder of Ranod McKann, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

On Sept. 22, at 9:40 a.m. McKann and Anthony Virgil were robbed at gunpoint two hours after rolling dice with Tyrone Taylor and another individual, according to an incident report.

The two were in the courtyard of Landon Imperial Apartments when they were robbed by Atwater, who was assisted by Grant. After taking their money and cell phones, Atwater shot McKann.

He was taken to Shands Hospital were he died later that day.

Witnesses told police that they saw Atwater and Grant fleeing the scene after shots were fired in a Silver Toyota Camry.

Four minutes later, surveillance video caught the same vehicle pulling into adjacent parking lot to Sunshine Oriental Market on Emerson Street. An employee at the oriental market told police that she saw a black male throwing an object on to roof, according to JSO.

After police obtained the surveillance video, they were able to conclude that Tyrone Taylor was driving the Camry when it pulled up next to the oriental market. All three of them exited the vehicle and Atwater threw McKann's cell phone on top of the roof of the building.

Atwater and Grant got back into the Camry and drove off. Police were able to read the license plate from the surveillance number.

The 1998 Toyota Camry had been stole on Sept. 15, according to police records.

On Sept. 25 the stolen vehicle was recovered by JSO after it crashed into a curb in 2400 block of West Lincoln Court.

Witnesses told police that they saw two black male fleeing the scene and one of them tossed an item into a dumpster in the process.

Police where able to recover the gun that killed McKann.

Both Atwater and Grant were arrested on Oct. 5.

Atwater has also been charged with armed robbery with a firearm, evidence tampering and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Police are still looking for Taylor. Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call First Coast CrimeStoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

First Coast News

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