GPD: Internet cafe robbery was inside job; one arrested, gunman still sought
Published: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 4:57 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 8, 2013 at 4:57 p.m.
Gainesville police say the afternoon robbery at a 13th Street internet cafe on Jan. 2 was staged and have arrested one person and are seeking another in connection with the crime.
Courtney Hamilton, 21, was the cashier on duty at the time of the robbery. She was arrested and charged with armed burglary and conspiracy. Police still are looking for the gunman, Xavier Antowyn Gunn, 39. He is described as 5 feet 11 inches tall and 185 pounds and should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.
“Thankfully, no innocent people were harmed during the incident,” Gainesville Police Department spokesman Officer Ben Tobias said. “This case just shows how our detectives work diligently to solve a case.”
The burglary took about 20 seconds, police said. In a surveillance video, the culprit quickly walked up to the counter with the gun pointed sideways in his right hand and threw a black bag at Hamilton, who rapidly filled it. The robber got away with an undisclosed amount of cash, Tobias said.
GPD Detective Martin Honeycutt said discrepancies with Hamilton’s statement came to light after he watched the surveillance video of the incident.
“Her mannerisms and her responses gave it away,” he said.
Honeycutt said he interviewed Hamilton a second time and made it clear it was in her best interests to be honest.
Because a charge of robbery needs a victim to be placed in fear, and because Hamilton was complicit in the crime, the charge was changed to armed burglary, Honeycutt said.
Hamilton was arrested Saturday and released two days later on $2,500 bond for both charges.
The gunman ran off after the robbery, and officers set up a perimeter around the area — utilizing a helicopter and police dogs to aid in the search.
According to court records, Gunn has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 1995, including convictions of armed robbery and drug possession. He was last released from state prison in October 2009, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.
Anyone with information on Gunn’s whereabouts may call GPD at 393-7615, or text “GPDFL” plus your tip to 274637 to make an anonymous tip.