Cocoa Police Apprehends Two Armed Robbery Suspects, Gas Station Owner Wounds One
By Space Coast Daily // January 13, 2016
COCOA POLICE: Two of the suspect have been committing serious felonies in Cocoa for a long time.
Cocoa Gas Station Owner Shoots Armed Robbery Suspect
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Three suspects are in custody following an armed robbery and shooting that occurred at about 8 p.m. on Tuesday evening.
The suspects and charges include: DeJuan Wright, 25, who was charged with Robbery with a firearm;
Janisha Smith, 24, who was charged with Robbery with a firearm; and Norrick Hyman, 32, who was chaged with Robbery with a firearm.
Cocoa Police Public Information Officer Yvonne Martinez provided this report of the incident:
Just after 8 p.m. Tuesday night, patrol officers responded to the Chevron at 6 located on South Cocoa Boulevard for a panic alarm. Further information indicated shots had been fired and a man was wounded.
When officers arrived they located Hyman lying in the parking lot with multiple gunshot wounds and another man, later identified as the service station owner/employee, holding the suspect at gunpoint.
Further investigation revealed Hyman had entered the store wearing a mask, pointed a gun at the shopkeeper and demanded money.
The employee immediately produced his own weapon and shot the suspect several times.
The wounded suspect, who was later identified Hyman, attempted to flee at a high rate of speed with help from additional suspects in a silver Camaro.
The shopkeeper fired shots at the vehicle as it came toward him in the parking lot and the driver fled the area.
Bulletins were broadcast to area law enforcement and a short time later the vehicle, with the suspects still inside, was located in Rockledge and the suspects were taken into custody without further incident.
Wright was identified as the driver of the vehicle and Detectives believe Smith planned and directed the armed robbery attempt.
Hyman was airlifted to the hospital where he is currently being treated.
“Officers and sergeants had the scene under control in seconds and were able to separate independent witnesses that proved extremely helpful in getting out a description of the vehicle that was involved,” said Cocoa Police Detective Ben Erskine.
“Two of the suspect have been committing serious felonies in Cocoa for a long time.”
Cocoa Police Detectives are currently working with other agencies to determine if these suspects were involved in other crimes throughout Brevard County and the investigation is ongoing.
If you have any information about this incident and suspects call the Cocoa Police at 321-637-6330 or CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477). If your tip leads to a felony arrest you may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.
ABOVE MAP: At around 8 p.m. Tuesday evening, officers responded to the Chevron gas station at 6 South Cocoa Boulevard after the shop owner called to report an armed robbery.