Armed robbery victim pulls gun, fires back at robbers


Published: Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 14, 2011 at 11:17 p.m.

The victim of an armed robbery at an ATM Thursday evening fired back at his three teenage attackers but did not hit any of them, Alachua County sheriff's deputies said.

Three suspects were arrested shortly after the robbery was reported.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Jefferson Barbour was depositing money around 8:45 p.m. into the Bank of America ATM at 7100 SW Archer Road.

Barbour told deputies he was approached by three people wearing ski masks who threatened him with a knife and demanded money. According to Barbour, he tried to get back to his truck but was blocked by his attackers so he tossed his wallet toward them. The wallet apparently distracted the robbers, giving Barbour time to get a .45-caliber pistol from his truck and fire two rounds, deputies said. The robbers ran toward the Arredondo Farms subdivision, Barbour said.

Deputies say they spotted a disheveled 16-year-old walking nearby who was sweating in the freezing weather. The teen claimed he had been out walking, but when deputies asked him how he felt about being shot at, they said he answered "terrified." The teen then was arrested on an armed robbery charge.

Deputies arrested two other suspects, Tramell Damore Richardson, 18, and Julius Smith, 19 after finding them on the porch of their home in a mobile home park at 7117 SW Archer Road. According to the men's arrest reports, both confessed to participating in the robbery.

Sheriff's spokesman Art Forgey said Barbour's wallet and some of the masks worn in the robbery were recovered.

The 16-year-old was turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice while Richardson and Smith were booked into the Alachua County jail.

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