Television programs often show citizens heroically preventing a robbery or theft, even when the criminal possesses a firearm. Police officers, on the other hand, will usually advise citizens to avoid confronting armed individuals who appear to be intent on committing a crime. Moreover, citizens should let police tend to the investigation of the crime scene and apprehension of the alleged criminal. An attempted robbery of a McDonald's Drive-in Titusville on Christmas night occurred recently that lead to criminal charges for one suspect.
According to witnesses, the suspect entered the restaurant at about 9:20 p.m. and jumped over the service counter. He allegedly pointed a pistol at the manager and demanded cash. The manager complied, and the suspect took the money and fled on foot. Police were called while the robbery was in progress, and they responded at about 9:30 p.m.
After interviewing the manager and other witnesses, the police began to search the neighborhood for the alleged robber. He was reportedly found hiding under a car and was promptly arrested. The suspect was booked into Broward County Jail and charged with robbery with a firearm, using a firearm in the commission of a felony, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. No bail has been set, and the suspect is being held without bond.
The defendant in this case is facing several serious felony charges. If he is convicted, he may face several years in prison. Nevertheless, he is entitled to be presumed innocent unless and until he is found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The list of charges implies that the defendant has previously been convicted of other felonies. The defendant may benefit from assessing the strength of the prosecutor's case and the likelihood of negotiating a favorable plea agreement.