Update: Security Guard Shoots Robber At Internet Cafe
By Space Coast Daily // August 7, 2012
Suspects Try To Hold Up Melbourne Business
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Police are investigating an early morning shooting at an internet café in Melbourne.
Melbourne Police Department spokesman Sgt. Sheridan Shelley said three men burst into the internet cafe, which was formerly a Quincy’s Restaurant, about 4 a.m. Tuesday and announced a robbery.
Shelley said that during the robbery attempt, 18-year-old Mark Spivey was shot multiple times by an Allied Veterans security guard.
Spivey fled the scene on foot but was soon located by police less than a block away from the business.
“Two other suspects that were with Spivey ran from the business and have not yet been caught,” Shelley said.
Spivey remains in a local hospital under police guard and he will face charges associated with the armed robbery attempt and using a firearm in the commission of a felony.
Internet cafés have gained in popularity in recent years as they contain low-payout slot machines, but some authorities in other areas of the state have raided the establishments, saying they skirt gambling laws.
A number of internet cafés in nearby counties in Florida also have been the targets of armed robbers because of the amount of cash circulating in the businesses.
Last October a man was shot and killed during an armed robbery attempt of an internet cafe in Seminole County.
Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call CRIMELINE at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477) or the Melbourne Police Department’s Crime Tip Line at 321-409-2259.