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Customer chases down suspected convenience store robbers, deputies say

Suspects arrested after crashing getaway vehicle

OCKLAWAHA, Fla. – A good Samaritan got in his truck and chased down two men who deputies say had just robbed a convenience store, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies said Jacey Gutbrod, 21 and Sean Gall, 19, entered Meador's Corner Qwik King store at 18236 SE 95th Street Road around 8 p.m. Sunday while Jessica Friedeborn, 36, waited in her 2002 black Mercury Saturn, which was parked on the side of the road.

Gutbrod held an airsoft gun designed to look like a Beretta 9MM and demanded that the clerk empty the cash register drawer into a plastic bag Gall was holding open, according to the arrest affidavit.

When the men ran out of the store to the getaway car, the clerk ran out behind them shouting that he had just been robbed. A customer who was putting air in his truck's tires heard the clerk's cries, got in his vehicle and followed the Friedeborn's Saturn so he could get the license plate number, deputies said.

The man, who has not been identified, pulled alongside the Saturn and demanded that the suspects pull over, but instead Friedeborn tried to ram the man's truck, according to the affidavit.

The maneuver caused Friedeborn to lose control of her car and crash it into a tree, deputies said. The good Samaritan and several other bystanders made sure the three suspects stayed in their vehicle until deputies arrived, the report said.

The aftermath of that crash was caught on video, which is at the top of this story.

Deputies said they found an airsoft gun and a bag of cash inside the vehicle.

Upon arrest, Gall told deputies that it was Gutbrod's idea to rob the store and he just went along with it because he felt pressured. Gutbrod told deputies he had no memory of the robbery or of being with Gall and Friedeborn. 

Friedeborn said she didn't know the men were going to rob the store, she just parked on the side of the road so she could check her car for a possible mechanical issue, the report said.

All three suspects are charged with robbery with a firearm.


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