Volusia County men rob teen at gunpoint taking $3,000 necklace, deputies say

Suspects were on probation at time of theft, records show

Kenyonte Grimes, left, and Javontea Ross, right, both 18.
Kenyonte Grimes, left, and Javontea Ross, right, both 18. (WKMG 2021)

DELAND, Fla. – Two 18-year-old men on juvenile probation are accused of robbing a teen at gunpoint in the DeLand area and stealing his $3,000 gold chain.

The incident started on Tuesday around 3:30 p.m. when the victim and his girlfriend, both juveniles, met up with Javontea Ross and Kenyonte Grimes near Spring Hill Park to buy $20 in weed, according to a news release from the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. When the men approached the victims, one man pulled out a handgun and pointed it at the victim’s face, demanding his gold chain, the victim told deputies.

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Deputies said the 18-year-old suspects fled, with the chain valued at $3,000, toward Delaware Avenue. Soon after, deputies tracked Ross and Grimes to a small shed and ordered them to exit. The chain was found in Grimes’ pocket, according to the sheriff’s office.

Both are now charged with robbery with a firearm, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, grand theft and child abuse. Grimes faces an additional charge of carrying a concealed weapon.

According to the sheriff’s office, although both suspects are now adults, they remain on juvenile probation from previous crimes.