Suspected Jacksonville serial armed robber arrested

Serial robbery suspect caught

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Police say James McKenzie may be linked to five robberies in only a few days' span.

A police report says in the first case, the suspect forced two women who were waiting on Edgewood Ave. for a U-Haul representative to get into their car, and ordered them drive to an ATM at gunpoint. He then forced them to withdraw money and stole a necklace off one of them.

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The report said:

"The victim said the suspect was angry and threatened to kill them repeatedly, and they both pleaded for their lives."

The next day, the 7-11 on Julia Street downtown was robbed. The store clerk said a man rushed in with a shotgun and stole the drawer of the register.

A few days later, police said a suspect robbed a man at a tire shop at gunpoint. He also stole the victim's wallet when the victim got into his car to get away.

JSO also suspects the same suspect robbed a Circle K on Sportsman Club Road and another corner store where the owner said the suspect punched him in the face.

"I opened the cash register, he got the money. He hit me here, he took some money, then he ran," the corner store owner said. The victim who was too afraid to show his face on camera.

McKenzie has been charged with armed robbery, which carries a maximum sentence of up to life in prison.

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