Suspect in Levy County robbery arrested in Lantana

Published: Monday, January 31, 2011 at 12:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 31, 2011 at 11:17 p.m.

A stolen car spotted last week outside a South Florida motel led investigators to the second of three suspects in a Levy County armed robbery.

The hold-up occurred Dec. 11 at Tienda Mexican Store at 17312 NW U.S 19 in Fanning Springs. A clerk and customer told the Levy County Sheriff’s Office they were pistol-whipped and that the customer was tied up while both were being robbed. The men were spotted leaving the store in a white Ford Explorer.

One suspect, Norbin Dejuses Medina, 36, of West Palm Beach, was arrested later that day and charged with two counts of armed robbery after he was seen getting out of a white Ford Explorer. The other two suspects were spotted running into a wooded area, deputies said.

Later that day, a 2004 Chevrolet Cavalier was reported stolen from outside another area business. Deputies said it appeared the Chevrolet was taken by one or both of the at-large suspects.

On Jan. 27, the stolen Chevrolet was spotted outside a motel in Lantana. The second robbery suspect, Raul Pagan Rodriguez, 43, was arrested by the Lantana Police Department on a warrant issued in Palm Beach County. Levy County deputies notified Lantana police to hold Rodriguez until they could pick him up on the armed robbery charges. Levy County deputies said they do not have a home address for Rodriguez but that they believe he is from Honduras.

Investigators said a third suspect in the armed robbery remained at large on Monday and that his identity was not known.

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