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2 arrested in Westside crime spree

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Updated: 7/09/2013 6:27 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Two people have been arrested in connection with a robbery and fatal hit-and-run from Sunday morning.

Police said two men robbed 71-year-old Bernardino Garcia, who was sitting on a bus bench on Westconnett Boulevard.

The men took off in a stolen Pontiac Grand Prix and ran over a 58-year-old man walking down the street.  Police say the suspects came back and ran over the man a second time.  The victim is listed in serious condition at a local hospital.

Police say the pair then struck and killed a man riding a bicycle on La Moya Avenue.

"He was in the wrong place at the wrong time," said JSO Lt. Rob Schoonover.

The bicyclist has been identified as 54-year-old John T. Sikes. Friends knew him as Terry.

The description of the car in the hit-and-run matched that of the car in the bus-stop robbery.

Investigators searched the area around the Confederate Point apartments and spotted the stolen car.

Detectives also observed a man, identified as 23-year-old Eddie Postway, walking away from the car.

He was detained and charged with carrying a concealed firearm and grand theft of a firearm.

On Monday morning, detectives returned to the Confederate Point apartments and saw a man riding a pink beach cruiser that had been reported stolen by the owner of the stolen silver Pontiac Grand Prix.

Police detained 20-year-old Cyrus Benjamin, who confessed to being involved in the crimes. He's been charged with two counts of armed robbery, one count of attempted murder, one count of felony murder and tampering with evidence. Police say he burned the wallet of the bus-stop robbery victim and threw it into the river. Benjamin told police that Postway took part in the crimes.

Postway has been charged with two counts of armed robbery, one count of attempted murder, one count of felony murder and one count of auto theft.

Police say he knew the woman who owned the silver Pontiac Grand Prix and was not authorized to take it.
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doug1 - 7/10/2013 4:37 PM
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too bad they're alive. these pants on the ground scumbag criminals must be stopped. great job j.s.o. doug1.

nativejax - 7/9/2013 6:12 PM
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I love it...And since they killed innocent bystanders..KILL THEM NOW.

tlynn - 7/9/2013 5:39 PM
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Thank you JSO!!! Great job!!! Be safe going home tonight!

tlynn - 7/9/2013 5:34 PM
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Thank God they are off the street! One of them wouldn't happen to look like the suspect from the CVS now, would he?
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