Date: June 28, 2002 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: CARRIE RODGERS, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, PAGER
KIM GARRETT, (863) 534-6377 OR (863) 819-1656, PAGER
Third Suspect in Waffle House Robbery Arrested

Thanks to a Crimestoppers bulletin and the resulting local press, a third suspect in the Davenport Waffle House robbery that occurred on Monday, June 24, 2002, was arrested the following day by Plant City police. 

Around 3:45 a.m. on Monday, June 24, 2002, a Waffle House restaurant, located at 44215 U.S. Hwy 27 in Davenport, was robbed by three armed black male suspects.  The suspects entered the restaurant and robbed the cash register and several patrons, using firearms.  The suspects then fled in a white minivan, which Polk County Sheriff's deputies quickly discovered was stolen from a parking lot at the nearby Holiday Inn Express, 43824 U.S. Hwy 27, Davenport.  After a short pursuit, the suspect vehicle crashed, and two of its occupants, Benjamin Clark and Eddie Light, were apprehended.

Two other suspects, identified as Antwon Price, DOB 6/23/84, of 1403 East Warren Street, Plant City, and Antwon Maurice Ealy, DOB 8/2/80, of 1619 Davis Drive, Tampa, fled.

On Tuesday, June 25, 2002, Plant City Sgt. Jim Shultz reported that an individual called the Plant City Police Department after seeing an article in the Ledger newspaper about the two suspects who were at-large.  The unidentified informant gave police an address where he/she believed Antwon Ealy was located.  While police were en route to that address, another officer saw Ealy walk down a street and enter a different residence.

When that officer approached the residence, Ealy ran out of the back door.  The officer gave chase, and a short foot pursuit ensued.  The officer then caught up with Ealy and arrested him without incident.  Ealy was booked into the Hillsborough County Jail late Tuesday night.

Polk County Sheriff's jail officials transported Ealy to the Polk County Jail on Thursday, June 27, 2002, where he was booked in and is currently being held without bond on charges of 5 counts Armed Robbery, 1 count Armed Burglary, and 1 count Grand Theft Auto.  The remaining suspect, Antwon Price, is still at large.

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