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Man helps police catch robbery suspects

Robbery suspect busted by victim
Robbery suspect busted by victim
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Updated: 4/14/2010 7:24 pm
Jacksonville, Fla.-- A local man has a gun put to his head, gets robbed, but still follows the suspects with his car, helping police arrest them.

Jonathan was robbed at gun point Sunday, in broad daylight and is still scared to go outside. He didn't want his face shown, for fear of a second attack. "I was in the wrong place at the wrong time," he said.

Jonathan was visiting a friend at the Grande Court apartments on Blanding blvd. "I stepped out of her house and there was a barrier between the walls and a young black man stepped out and put a gun to my head and asked me hand over my bag."

Then the suspects took off, out of the apartment complex, and drove north down Blanding blvd. Jonathan didn't want them to get away. "I turned around and followed him while on the phone with 911. I was of course hysterical crying and really scared. They kept telling me to go back to the scene because he did have a gun and they were worried about my well-being," said Jonathan.

But Jonathan followed the suspects for a couple miles and talked to 911 the whole time. "I just kept telling them where they were going, what color the car was, what they had. She kept trying to calm me down."

The suspects car stopped at a Subaru dealership. Police arrested Alexander Crawford and Troy Alexander. "When I pulled up to the cops and I saw big guns out, I was like they got him."

According to the police report, Crawford admitted to the armed robbery. For Jonathan, following them was about making sure someone else doesn't get hurt. "I have no idea who this person was, what they were after, if I was a look alike. It's just very sad that people do these things to innocent people. You have to watch your back wherever you go, you really do," said Jonathan.

Jonathan did get all of his stuff back. He was also brought back to the scene to identify the suspects.
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