Police: Two tried to rob mall armored truck officer, took wrong bag

Published: Friday, February 7, 2014 at 1:28 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, February 7, 2014 at 1:28 p.m.

Gainesville Police Department officers arrested an 18-year-old Gainesville man and a juvenile Wednesday afternoon after police say they robbed an armored truck security officer at The Oaks Mall.

Police arrested Latrell L. Sawyer, of 4309 SW 68th Terrace B, and a 16-year-old boy on charges of robbery without a weapon, according to the arrest report.

Police say that at about noon Wednesday, Sawyer and the teen approached a Loomis security officer emptying an ATM inside the mall, located at 6419 W. Newberry Road. The teen pushed the officer down, and Sawyer grabbed a canvass bag, the report stated.

The guard yelled for help, and two off-duty Alachua County Sheriff's Office deputies who saw the robbery chased Sawyer and the teen outside onto the parking lot. They caught Sawyer and held him until GPD officers arrived at the scene, while the teen fled across West Newberry Road.

After his arrest, Sawyer admitted to stealing the bag, which contained only papers, police reported. In the haste of the heist, Sawyer picked up the wrong bag, police said. Another bag placed next to the one he initially stole contained about $5,800.

During his interview with officers, Sawyer gave the teen's name and said they were classmates at a local high school.

About 45 minutes later, officers found the teen at a relative's house and arrested him. They later took him to the Juvenile Assessment Center, while Sawyer went to the Alachua County jail.

Sawyer remained in custody Friday in lieu of $150,000 bond.

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