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Booked on $180,000 Bond, Dollar General Armed Robbery Suspect Threatened Suicide

| June 7, 2018

Gary Hodges.

Gary Wayne Hodges, a 35-year-old resident of 21A Prosperity Lane in Palm Coast, is at the Flagler County jail on $180,000 bond following an alleged armed robbery at the Dollar General store on State Road 100 in Bunnell on May 26.

Hodges had been detained at the Volusia County jail after his arrest there, when he’d threatened suicide. 

The alleged robbery took, place around 8 a.m. May 26 at the store at 1208 South State Street (U.S. 1). A customer was at the counter checking out with the 33-year-old store clerk. Hodges was standing behind the customer, then requested two packs of 305 cigarettes and a Mountain Dew. As the clerk began ringing him up, he took out what the clerk described as “a large hunting-style knife with a handle,” and pointed it at her. 

“Give me the money,” he ordered the clerk, according to his arrest report. “Don’t scream or call anyone.” The clerk removed the money from the cash register and put it on the counter. She’d later say she’d been terrified by the assault. Hodges grabbed it, ran out and drove away in a black Hyundai. 

The encounter was caught on surveillance video, though the quality of the video was not optimal. Hodges, a heavyset man, appeared in the footage, as did his car, whose license plate authorities were able to track down to the P-Section house. “It was discovered that a heavyset white male, later identified as Gary Hodges, overdosed at the registered owners house and had a history of narcotic use,” a Flagler County Sheriff’s report states. The vehicle was registered to Hodges’s wife. 

A still shot of Hodges from the video surveillance quickly circulated among Bunnell police and sheriff’s units and to Volusia police agencies as it was believed Hodges was heading south on U.S. 1. 

At 11:10 a.m. the same day, Hodges’ wife called 911 to report that her husband had gotten in touch with her and threatened suicide. He said he was going to jump off a bridge, according to 911 notes that day, but didn’t say where he was. He asked his wife if police had shown up at the house. She told him no, but that “they will be.” Sheriff’s units began checking every bridge in the county–Flagler Beach, Hammock Dunes, Matanzas Parkway. 

At 11:26, the 911 dispatch center got a call from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. Hodges was located at LPGA Blvd and International Golf Drive, where Hodges was being cooperative. 

The store clerk was provided with a photo line-up and positively identified Hodges as the alleged assailant earlier that morning. 

“Hodges confessed to committing the robbery,” a Bunnell release stated. (The Bunnell Police Department investigated the case.)

Hodges was transferred from the Volusia jail to the Flagler jail Wednesday evening. He was booked in at 6:38 p.m. Armed robbery is a first-degree felony. He also faces a third-degree felony charge of aggravated assault. 


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9 Responses for “Booked on $180,000 Bond, Dollar General Armed Robbery Suspect Threatened Suicide”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sociopaths always threaten to commit suicide by throwing themselves off a bridge or throwing themselves in front of a bus.

  2. Flatsflyer says:

    Well, that wraps up Trump # 1 pick for heading up the Drug Enforcement Agency,

  3. howard tessler says:

    Irony : He lives on “Prosperity Lane” …..

  4. Shark says:

    Duplex – trash

  5. Just The Truth says:

    Bad guys always get caught. Every store has camera’s, what are these people thinking, that they won’t be seen on camera?

  6. Hmmm says:

    @Shark….So living in a duplex automatically makes you trash? Have you seen how people live in parts of this state or country? If you really think so, you are riding high on that horse. And if not, why mention anything about a duplex.

  7. Female Veteran says:

    @Hmmm… I totally agree with you 100%!!! One thing I have never understood about a lot of people who leave comments on these stories is they have to stoop so low to ALWAYS criticize and talk down about where people live. That has nothing to do with whatever they have done. Too much ignorance in the water of the almighty who think that nothing like this happens in their neighborhood,, they just probably have the money to keep it hush, hush cause of what people might say.. ignorance is hilarious!!

    And I hope this guy gets what he deserves regardless of where he lived for thinking he can just walk in and rob someone which will mentally and emotionally hurt them for a long time.

  8. Salvatore says:

    He lives at prosperity lane???!!!! Lmao!!!!!!!

  9. Anonymous says:

    Who cares where he resided what he did was wrong and needs to pay for what he did. That poor clerk is going to have PTSD sure to him. He ruined their life.

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