Armed Robbery, Then Car, Foot and K-9 Chase Ends With Arrest of 3 in Seminole Woods
FlaglerLive | September 6, 2011
Last Updated: Sept. 7, 8:44 a.m.
The armed robbery, the chase and the eventual arrest of three suspects in brush of Seminole Woods started around 11:30 this morning–and for the people inside the Ormond Pharmacy at 500 West Grenada Blvd., who were reportedly tied up by the suspects, it started an uncomfortable while before that.
“It was called in by someone in a nearby business who saw three suspects exit this pharmacy wearing hoods over their heads,” says Lt. Kenny Hayes, spokesman for the Ormond Beach Police Department. “It was called in as a suspicious person call. Of course we quickly determined that it was in fact an armed robbery.”
The men got away in a white vehicle, heading north. A Be On the Look-Out (BOLO) was put out to all local and regional law enforcement agencies.
Bunnell Police Chief Arthur Jones picked up the thread on U.S.1: “They were headed toward the city of Bunnell. From that point, my guys were privy to the BOLO, and the Sheriff in addition to my guys initiated the chase, and through the city it went.” The suspects veered onto State Road 100, then south on Belle Terre Parkway, for about two miles, down to Zonal Geranium Trail and left onto Zorlou Court, to the end of the cul de sac, where they crashed the car into the brush. The cul de sac ends right across from where Belle Terre Boulevard and Citation Blvd. join. They ran into the neighborhood woods going east.
“And after a foot chase through the woods, K-9, the helicopter,” Jones said, “the three subjects were taken into custody.” Four Bunnell Police officers, including the chief and Lt. Randy Burke, were involved. The K-9 belongs to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. Jones and Hayes said they weren’t yet sure about charges or further details. The suspects were booked into the Flagler County jail then transferred to Volusia County.
“They are young and from this central area,” Jones said.
They were later identified as The suspects are identified as Kenneth L. Jenkins, 25, of Hymon Circle in Bunnell, Thavelin P. Watson, 30, of Roxton Lane in Palm Coast, and Freddie Giddens, 32, of Pine Cedar Drive in Palm Coast. They’ve each been charged with one count of armed robbery.
Two firearms and stolen cash were recovered.
Though a high-speed chase took place through Bunnell and parts of Palm Coast, there were no injuries and no property damage. In Ormond Beach, “no one was seriously injured,” Hayes said.
According to the Ormond Beach Police Department, the suspects abruptly entered Ormond Pharmacy, with at least one of them armed with a handgun, then bound the pharmacy’s owner and an assistant–a woman–in duct tape. The suspects then allegedly gathered large amounts of Oxycontin and Oxycodone, the narcotics, and cash from the safe. They removed the security system and stole the owner’s wallet and the woman’s purse and fled in a white Hyundai.
George Roy, a 40-year-old resident of the K section, noticed the police activity on U.S. 1 and did what he frequently does when he sees it–he grabbed his video camera and got in his car to investigate. He shoots wreck scenes in the area on occasion as a free-lancer. He’d followed Citation Boulevard and was in the area of Lloyd Trail when he saw three people going along a path in the woods. There were no police around him at the time. He soon found a sheriff’s deputy and tried to tell him what he’d seen–only to be rebuffed and told to “get out of there.”
Roy said he was not understanding why the deputy wouldn’t want to hear the information, though he only intended to “let them know I saw three gentlemen going into the woods, one of them with Publix bags, the other one was on his cell phone. There was nobody around those guys when I saw them, they were walking intop the woods, heading like they were heading for Seminole Woods.”