Armed robbery is a serious crime, but police often have trouble making arrests after these crimes if the suspect escapes from the scene without being caught. This is because most robbery crimes are committed by individuals who wear some kind of mask or disguise.
A CVS convenience store in the Fort Lauderdale area was robbed at gunpoint by a single male suspect who ran away on foot.
Hooded man robs cash from a convenience store at gunpoint
Local police reported that the incident happened at about 9:30pm at a CVS location on Hollywood Boulevard. When the suspect walked into the store, most of his upper body and face was covered by a hooded sweatshirt. He handed the cashier a note demanding money and flashed a gun that was tucked into his waistband.
After the transaction, the suspect left the store and he was spotted running away eastbound. Police do not know exactly how much cash was stolen. The description released by law enforcement identified the suspect as a 30 year old male, about 5 feet and 7 inches tall with diamond studs in each nostril. He also had a small amount of facial hair.
The city of Hollywood is located a few miles south of Fort Lauderdale. Law enforcement from both Broward County Crime Stoppers and the Hollywood Police asked for members of the public to come forward if they have any information about the identity of the suspect.
What will happen to the person who is charged?
In a situation such as this, mistaken identity and other related issues are a strong possibility when the police are looking for a suspect that cannot easily be identified. There are no guarantees that the person charged will actually be the person who committed the crime.
If there are identity issues or the police make a mistake, it is important to make sure that someone does not end up spending years in jail on an armed robbery charge for a crime they did not commit.
The process of getting legal advice and preparing a defense
Choosing the right criminal defense attorney is always an important step when deciding how to respond to an arrest. Once a defendant has been formally charged, it is important to decide on a plea deal, trial, or other measures that may exclude improperly collected evidence before the date of the trial approaches. Your attorney can advise you regarding the potential sentence and other consequences of each course of action.
Learn more about your rights in the criminal justice system
If you need assistance after the state has filed criminal charges against you, contact Gabriela C. Novo, Attorney at Law. She focuses on helping defendants in Fort Lauderdale and the Broward County area.