Victim Pistol Whipped in Fanning Springs Robbery

MEDIA RELEASEDate: October 20, 2010Time: 3:00 PM On October 20, 2010 around 1 PM the Levy County Sheriff’s Office responded to Tienda Mexicana Mari store at 17312 NW Highway 19 in Fanning Springs in reference to a robbery. Preliminary investigation revealed that three male suspects entered the store shortly before 1PM and demanded money. The victims, two females and their small child were working in the store when the suspects entered the store and demanded cash. One of the victims attempted to activate the alarm and suspect #3 pistol whipped the victim in the head causing a laceration. The victim was treated by EMS and released at the scene. The victim’s hands and legs were tied and the suspects robbed the store of an undisclosed amount of cash, watches and pre paid cell phones. The suspects may possibly be driving a white mid 1990’s SUV and believed to be traveling south on Highway 19. The Levy County Sheriff’s is asking for any assistance in locating the suspects and a reward is being offered. The suspects should be considered armed and dangerous. Suspect #1: Hispanic male, mid to late 20’s, approximately 6’00”, slim build, wearing a red shirt, blue jeans with embroidery of possibly the face of Jesus on the lower legs. Armed with silver in color handgun. Suspect #2: Indian Male, mid to late 20’s, approximately 6’00”, slim build, wearing a black shirt, black jeans. No weapon seen. Suspect #3: Hispanic male, early 20’s, approximately 5’04”, muscular build, black shirt with a red shirt underneath, blue jeans, armed with handgun silver in color. ###

Major Evan Sullivan
Levy County Sheriff’s Office
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