CRESTVIEW — A man who had been profiled as a fugitive this week by Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers didn’t bother to try to stay off the radar.
Instead, he and an accomplice allegedly committed an armed robbery just before midnight Thursday at a Tom Thumb store in Crestview. They both ended up behind bars Friday morning.
Okaloosa County sheriff's investigators say 20-year old Keyshan McClearn and 22-year old Jamel Coleman robbed the store on James Lee Boulevard at gunpoint and fled in a vehicle with a small amount of cash. A member of an EMS ambulance crew that was in the parking lot at the time provided a description of a possible suspect vehicle.
Crestview police later spotted the car with two men inside at Aplin Apartments. Sheriff's deputies arrived and found a loaded firearm next to the car's left rear tire. Video footage from the store also showed evidence of the robbery.
Coleman and McClearn were charged with armed robbery.
McClearn also had been wanted for felony violation of probation on an original charge of credit card fraud.
“Well done to all involved in helping get two dangerous individuals off the streets quickly,” Sheriff Larry Ashley said. “These results were a combination of strong witness information and excellent law enforcement teamwork.”