Man arrested in Virginia, accused of local Checker’s robbery


Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 4:53 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at 4:53 p.m.

A man wanted in connection with the October armed robbery of a Checker’s restaurant on Northwest 13th Street was arrested Tuesday morning in Virginia after he was spotted working on a roof, Deputy U.S. Marshal Bryon Carroll said.

Tyrone Walker, 27, was charged on an outstanding warrant with armed robbery with a firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Walker is accused of the Oct. 4 robbery of the Checker’s at 2826 NW 13th St. Cassie Porter, 26, of Ocala, was charged earlier in connection with the case.

Walker made a purchase and left the area in a car driven by Porter.

Walker reportedly later returned at about 11 p.m. wearing the same clothing but with white fabric covering half his face. Walker entered the business through the front walk-up window with a silver handgun. He pointed the gun at the Checker’s employees and asked for money, police said. He removed the entire cash drawer and left.

The U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force -- including investigators from the U.S. Marshals Service, the Gainesville Police Department and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office -- developed information that Walker had fled to Alexandria, Va.

Carroll said Walker was spotted by U.S. marshals doing construction work on the roof of an Alexandria shopping plaza. Walker was booked into the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center.

The Florida Department of Corrections website shows that Walker served time in a state prison for an Alachua County drug case and for robbery and aggravated battery charges from Miami-Dade County.

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