Lake City man accused of crimes with box cutter

Published: Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 10:11 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 1, 2011 at 8:53 p.m.

Lake City police arrested a man armed with a box cutter Thursday who they said is responsible for a one-man crime wave.

Police said that Roderick Warren Austin, 24, of 438 SE Hernando St. in Lake City, walked into the McDonald's at 491 SW Main Blvd. and demanded food while displaying the box cutter. Employees said he left after they told him they were going to call police.

While police were talking to McDonald's workers, a woman told them her cellphone had been taken from her car while it was parked nearby. The man she described as being near her car when the theft occurred matched the description of the man with the box cutter, police said.

About a half hour later, police said they got a call about an attempted robbery at the S&S convenience store on 490 SW Marion Ave. Witnesses said a man tried to rob a customer, then stole a beverage bottle. Their description matched those of the witnesses in the other incidents.

Police nabbed Austin after a brief chase. He was carrying a box cutter and the missing cell phone.

Austin was booked into the Columbia County jail on charges of robbery, larceny, theft and resisting an officer, and two counts of trespassing.

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