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Feb 4, 2010 2:57 PM by Greg Boyce

Florida robbery and shooting caught on tape

Police in Cocoa, Florida said a woman and a teenager have been arrested and charged in connection with a convenience store shooting.

Police said that 16-year-old Justin Jones and 18-year-old Ronaisha Leftridge walked into the Cumberland Farms store on Dixon Boulevard at about 10:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

Surveillance video showed Jones pulling out a gun and the clerk raising his hands. The video also showed the teen shooting another clerk in the face. It then showed the teen leaning over the counter and shooting the clerk again in the leg as the other clerk held out a bag for the two robbers to collect money.

"He points the gun first at the clerk and he complies with money in the bag and the second clerk comes around," said Officer Barbara Matthews, of the Cocoa Police Department. "It's awful. He's very young and has a gun. He just pulled out this gun ... and as he's doing that, the female reaches over and is getting packs of gum."

Police said a tip led them to an apartment only a few blocks from the police station.

Police said the couple was standing outside of the apartment when officers arrived. Leftridge gave up, police said, but Jones attempted to run and was apprehended after a short foot pursuit.

Matthews said the injured clerk is "doing well."

"Investigators want to thank the media for their quick response to this story," Matthews said. "The assistance was responsible for the suspects being caught. The tip with the identity and location of the suspects came in through Crimeline. We are really thankful we caught him so quickly."

Police said the assailants will both be charged as adults, and could face life in prison.

Jones is charged with attempted murder, armed robbery, aggravated battery with great bodily injury, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Police said he has two outstanding warrants.

Leftridge is charged with attempted murder, armed robbery and aggravated battery with great bodily injury.

 

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