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Jacksonville police capture robbery suspect who ran through traffic with fake handgun

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Courtesy: Tyler Morning Telegraph Courtesy: Tyler Morning Telegraph

BY KENNETH DEAN, kdean@tylerpaper.com

(TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - JACKSONVILLE - Police are thankful they did not have to use deadly force as they responded to a reported robbery that had the suspect running through high traffic areas with a gun in his hand this morning.

Sgt. Daniel Franklin told the Tyler Morning Telegraph he apprehended the 16-year-old just four minutes after the attempted robbery happened.

"We got the call at 9:42 and we had him in custody at 9:46, so just four-minute response time," he said.

Franklin said the elderly victim told police the teen pointed a gun at her in the 600 block of Austin Street, but her husband, who is former military, told the teen he wasn't getting anything and he better leave or else.

"I think our suspect was kind of in shock that he stood up and said he wasn't going to get anything so he took off running," he said.


Franklin said as the suspect ran, he had a gun in his left hand and was going behind people's homes and even ran across U.S. Highway 69 and U.S. 79 where he was eventually captured. 

"When he ran across 79 I exited my vehicle, drew my duty weapon and ordered him to drop the gun and get on the ground," he said.

Franklin said the teen complied and he was taken into custody without further incident. 

"I'm just glad that he never raised that gun at any of the officers or he might have been shot and this would have a different outcome," he said.

Franklin said once the teen was in custody and the scene secure, it was learned the gun was not a working gun, but a simulation that looks real but is not capable of firing. 

"He is lucky that no one shot him," he said.

Franklin said he 16-year-old is being detained on aggravated attempted robbery and evasion charges.

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