[PHOTO CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 12/17/19]
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FRUITLAND PARK, Florida — A man who allegedly attempted to rob a local gas station wearing a grey Santa Claus sweatshirt emblazoned with the words “Merry Christmas” on Dec. 14 was arrested Wednesday.
According to a probable cause affidavit, Shawn Michael Raymond, 29, of Wildwood approached the counter at Kangaroo Express, 100 West Miller Street, Fruitland Park around 2 a.m. Dec. 14 with a fountain drink and dropped some change on the counter. When the clerk informed him he did not have enough money, Raymond reached into his pocket, leaned forward and demanded $300, telling the clerk he, “needed it badly.”
The clerk refused Raymond’s demands and he threatened to spray the clerk with pepper spray and lunged forward with a green canister in his right hand, the affidavit states. The clerk reached for the store’s panic button and Raymond grabbed his drink and ran from store. He fled in a light-colored Chevy Tahoe eastbound on County Road 466A.
Fruitland Park Police reviewed surveillance video and issued a BOLO (be on the lookout) with a description of the suspect and his vehicle. Just after 5:30 the same morning, police spoke with another clerk at Kangaroo Express who viewed the video. She positively identified Raymond as a regular customer of the store. A Fruitland Park Police officer also recognized the suspect as a local softball player named “Shawn.” A warrant was issued for Raymond’s arrest and he was picked up on the warrant Wednesday. He was charged with robbery with a weapon and is being held at the Lake County Jail on $20,000 bond.
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