Date: March 10, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

Carrie Rodgers, (863) 534-6217 OR (863) 819-1856, Pager

Two Arrested for Armed Robbery

Polk County Sheriff's deputies arrested two men and charged them with armed robbery after they robbed a local store in Lakeland yesterday.

According to the arrest affidavits, on March 9, 2004, around 8:15 pm, two suspects, one armed with a .45 caliber semi-automatic handgun and one with a knife, entered the Queens Discount Beverage at 2934 Combee Road in Lakeland. The suspect with the gun immediately fired several rounds into the ceiling, demanded money from the store owner, and then hit him in the face with the gun. He then ordered the owner and an employee to the ground, and kicked the employee in the head.

The second suspect, armed with the knife, approached a customer in the store and robbed him of his money. Both suspects then fled northbound on foot, where they were immediately spotted by deputy sheriffs, who entered into pursuit. One man, Rodolfo Rodriguez, DOB 4/14/81, of 4018 Carter Court in Polk City, was immediately taken into custody. The second suspect, Angel Luis Rodriguez, DOB 5/26/85, of 3949 Luce Road in Lakeland, continued to flee on foot but was apprehended a short time later when a resident in the area alerted the deputies to a suspicious man trying to gain entry into his home.

All of the money taken was recovered, and the victims were treated for their injuries. Angel Rodriguez already had an active warrant for his arrest for Aggravated Assault/Battery. Both men were transported and booked into the Polk County Jail without incident, and each was charged with 1 count Armed Robbery (10-20-Life).

 

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