JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A man was convicted of False Imprisonment and Armed Robbery with a Firearm for holding two clerks for three hours while trying to rob a Westside Cash America in September 2012.
Eric Lonode Myrick, 29, faces at least 10 years in prison, according to a release from the State Attorney's Office.
Witnesses who were in a cellphone store next door told First Coast News at the time they heard a woman scream around 2:30 p.m. on Sept. 5. Police said they got a call around the same time from someone inside the Cash Advance/Money Gram to report the robbery.
Employees of the cellphone store ran out and saw the woman, who motioned with her eyes that she needed help.
Police arrived and 20 minutes later, witnesses saw two women run out of Cash Advance. Police said that these were the two other individuals who were in the store with Myrick. He let them go unharmed.
Witnesses said Myrick, who was trying to rob the store, had a bag full of money and police were on a loudspeaker telling the person to come out of the ceiling. During the incident, a helicopter was flying overhead to make sure the suspect was not on the roof.
After a 3 hour stand off, Myrick came out and surrendered to SWAT. Myrick is set to be sentenced the week of October 14
First Coast News