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Customers take down armed robber at Coral Gables Store

Posted on December 21, 2015 7:00 PM EST

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – On Saturday, Dec. 21, two men took down an armed robbery suspect at a store in Coral Gables.

The two customers decided not to be victims when a hooded man entered the store, demanding money from the cash register.

Moments later, the men gained the upper hand and a fists started flying. After one of the men punched the suspect multiple times, the other man managed to get the suspect to the ground and pin him down until armed officers arrived at the scene.

The suspect, J. Reddick, 32, has been charged with armed robbery in the Dec. 19 robbery at the Down Stairs store.

In court on Monday, Reddick asked the judge if he could have bond so he could take care of his dog and mother at home, NBC Miami reported.

Since Reddick has a previous criminal record, it made it impossible for the judge to grant Reddick's wishes and set a bond. Besides, armed robbery with a deadly weapon a serious offense, and not one that the Florida courts take lightly.

According to NBC Miami, Reddick will return to court in about a month for his arraignment, which is where he'll enter a plea to the charges against him.
WHAT ARE THE PENALTIES FOR ARMED ROBBERY?In Florida, armed robbery is covered under Sec. 812.13(d)(a) of the Florida Statutes. Under this section, if during the course of committing a robbery the suspect carries a deadly weapon or a firearm, the offense is a felony of the first degree, punishable by:
  • Up to life imprisonment
  • Up to a $10,000 fine
Under Sec. 812.13(c), if the robbery was committed without the use of a weapon, deadly weapon, or firearm, the offender committed a felony of the second degree, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

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