CRIMELINE Tip Helps Capture Suspected Armed Robber
By Brevard County Sheriff // March 5, 2013
Man Arrested Trying To Flee State
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – With the assistance of an anonymous tip from Central Florida CRIMELINE, a suspect has been identified and arrested for the armed robbery of a Shell Gas Station in Port St. John last month.
Brevard County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer Deputy Maria Fernez said Blake Walker, 29, was positively identified as the suspect with the Feb. 2 armed robbery of the Shell Gas Station at 3820 Fay Boulevard in Port St. John.
Responding to a call for help, deputies were advised at the scene and the clerk told them a man had walked into the store and proceeded directly into the restroom.
Fernez said the suspect then walked out of the restroom and toward the clerk wearing a black mask over his face.
The suspect displayed a handgun and pointed it at the victim while demanding money from the cash register. He then fled from the scene on a bicycle.
The store clerk was not hurt during the robbery.
As a result of the anonymous tip coupled with the subsequent investigation, Brevard Sheriff’s agents secured a felony arrest warrant for Walker.
Fernez said while attempting to locate Walker, it was learned that he had altered his appearance and was trying to flee the state to avoid arrest.
During his flight to avoid capture, Walker was arrested by deputies from the Leon County Sheriff’s Office on an active warrant from Brevard County.
“This is yet another outstanding example of the importance of programs such as CRIMELINE,” said Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey. “By combining incredible investigative resources with community information and tips, our services are greatly enhanced.”
Following his arrest, Walker was transported to the Brevard County Jail where he is being held on a No Bond status.
Callers to CRIMELINE can remain anonymous and are eligible for a reward for information leading to a felony arrest. Anyone with information concerning a crime can call CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).