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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office seeks armed robbery suspect

2:28 PM, Jul 8, 2013   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Photos of an armed robbery suspect were released by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Monday morning.

The suspect is accused of going into a CVS Pharmacy in the 4400 block of San Juan Avenue around 3:15 a.m. June 8, showing a gun and demanding money. The suspect also allegedly shot a male employee in the head, according to a release from JSO.

The unidentified white male victim was grazed by a ricochet bullet and was treated and released from an area hospital.

The suspect was able to get away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Less than an hour later, JSO was called to Mojo's BBQ in the 3500 block of St. Johns Avenue in Avondale.

An unidentified black male was shot and killed at Mojo's during what police called an armed robbery attempt. JSO said a suspect demanded cash before shooting the victim, who was an employee of subcontractor Ed Lumley's Exhaust Cleaning.

According to a tweet from Mojo's, the restaurant had worked with Ed Lumley's for 10 years.

The victim's identity has not been released by law enforcement.

Investigators have not confirmed if the two incidents are related, but said they are investigating both scenes as if they are.

JSO has confirmed a handgun was used in both crimes and are hoping surveillance video from CVS will provide enough details to identify a suspect.

According to the Mojo's BBQ Twitter account, the Avondale location will be closed Monday and will re-open on July 9.

JSO believes the early Monday morning armed robberies could be connected to a string of robberies in Avondale that took place over 4th of July weekend.

Anyone who has any information about these incidents or the identity of the suspect is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500.

To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward up to $3,000, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

Holt Tucker, the owner of OpenRoad Bicycles in Avondale, said Monday a homicide isn't something you see a lot of in the area.

He said he is hurt because even though the victim didn't work for an Avondale business, it still feels like a loss to the family.

But Tucker was certain the community would bounce back and remain strong during the tragic time.

"We're going to come back together and still be a big strong community here. I mean, Avondale is a very homey place. You come here. You feel welcome. You feel great," he said.


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