4 Palatka teens are charged in armed robbery

Published: Saturday, January 4, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 3, 2003 at 10:06 p.m.
An Interlachen couple were robbed at knife-point as they were stopped at a traffic light Thursday, deputies reported.
Four Palatka youths face charges in the case.
Officers arrested Dominique Oxendine, 17; Clayton Shivers, 18; Marcus L. Barber, 18; and Larron Burden, 19, after a search that lasted more than an hour and involved the Putnam County Sheriff's Office, the Palatka Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol, Putnam County Sheriff's Capt. Rick Ryan said.
The four were being held without bond at the Putnam County jail Friday.
Ryan said the youths targeted William Maxwell, 52, and Susan Maxwell, 55, after one of them saw the woman cash a large check at the Express Mart in Palatka.
The four, deputies allege, then followed the husband and wife to the Mercantile Bank in Interlachen. The couple made a deposit at the bank and were stopped at a traffic light and assaulted.
William Maxwell told investigators one of the robbers held a knife to his throat, Ryan said.
The Maxwells followed their attackers' car along State Road 20 toward Palatka, meeting a deputy at a convenience store.
All of the suspects were arrested within about 90 minutes of the robbery, one as he was standing on the side of the road trying to get a ride. The rest were caught after they were spotted running through an open field about 2 miles east from their car, which had been abandoned at a home on County Road 309.
William Maxwell had a small cut on his chin, Ryan said, but otherwise was not seriously injured during the robbery.
Deputies did not release the amount of money taken but said it had been recovered from the suspects.
Burden, accused by deputies of wielding the knife, is charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery. The other three suspects face a charge of principle to an armed robbery.

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