Armed robbers caught on tape; 3 suspects arrested

Published: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 4:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, August 29, 2013 at 4:58 p.m.

Three Gainesville men who police say were captured on surveillance video in the act of armed robbery were apprehended Wednesday after a traffic stop, during which one of the suspects attempted to flee, throwing a gun that police believe was used in the robbery.

According to the Gainesville Police Department, video footage taken from the street near 211 NE First St. on Monday shows Corey Robinson, 20, driving a car with two other occupants while circling the three male victims who were sitting together before eventually parking in a space across from where the victims were located.

According to a police report, Javonte Hill, 19, and Javonne Knox, 20, then exited the vehicle and covered their faces with shirts and sweaters. GPD said Knox then pointed a silver handgun at the victims and stated "where's you cash?"

Hill and Knox then ordered the victims to empty their pockets and place their possessions on the ground, police said, adding that the two then gathered the items before Knox pointed the handgun at one victim's chest, stating "y'all stay down."

Hill and Knox then ran back to the vehicle, where Robinson was waiting and drove away with the headlights off, police said.

GPD officers said on Wednesday they located all three suspects traveling together in the same vehicle that police say was also seen on-camera being used in the robbery.

During a subsequent search of the car, officers said they found several items belonging to the victims such as cellphones, Social Security cards and other papers with their names on them.

At some point during the traffic stop, Knox began to run from officers and while doing so threw a silver object to the ground, police said, adding that Knox was quickly apprehended.

The silver object turned out to be a revolver matching the description of the gun used in the robbery, police said.

All three men were transported to the Alachua County jail on charges of armed robbery. Knox was also charged with illegally carrying a concealed weapon and is being held on a bond of $535,000. Robinson is being held without bond because of a significant criminal history. Hill's bond is set at $250,000.

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