JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police have released a composite sketch of the man who robbed a check cashing store in November in a manner very similar to the robbery of a sister store last month.
The Ace Cash Express on Blanding Boulevard was held up by two men waiting for the first clerk to open the store on the morning of November 30th. She was forced to let them into the store and open the safe.
She was tied with duct tape and blindfolded before the robbers left.
Police on Wednesday released the composite sketch of one of the robbers and provided a description of both men:
Black male, 6ft tall, thin build, wearing a black shirt and black pants with sunglasses.
Black male, 5ft 9 to 10 inches, thin build, wearing a black and white jacket, black jackets and sunglasses.
This robbery was different but similar to the robbery of an Ace Cash Express on January 31 on McDuff Avenue.
According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, at least two men kidnapped a woman from her home in Argyle Forest early that morning and forced her to go to her place of work and open the safe.
The victim told police that three black male suspects burst through her front door and held her and her young child at gunpoint around 8:45 a.m. and was left at the home.
When they got to Ace Cash Express, the suspect stole money and fled on foot. The victim’s young child was found by police in the apartment, his hands and feet tied with duct tape.
News4Jax spoke to the mother of the victim who was kidnapped last month on Wednesday night. The woman, who gave her name only as Monae, said her daughter was scared and was forced into hiding after she was taken from her 3-year-old daughter, kidnapped from her home and forced to go to work last month drive.
Monae said three men threatened to kill her if she didn’t comply.
“She just looks over her shoulder a lot. She doesn’t know what to do. She can’t believe this happened to her because she’s a good girl. She lives each day like it’s her last because she’s traumatized,” she told Monae.
News4Jax asked both payday loan offices about the incidents, whether the offices had installed surveillance video since the robberies and the offices were not disclosing any information.
Monae said she was shocked that this had happened to someone else and was upset because her daughter and grandchild could have been killed.
“Her employee who works the night shift told her because she is the manager that three guys came into the store at night. She told my daughter who is the manager and she told the GM but no one did anything about it. ‘ Monae said. “She needs help, she needs advice. They don’t even meet her. So the job did nothing for my child.”
Monae said her daughter was on furlough from business, and one of the men who kidnapped her told her he had been following her for several months.
News4Jax crime and security analyst Gil Smith said people working in the banking industry must always check their surroundings and change their route home.
“If you go, maybe take a different route, don’t take the same route from work every day,” Smith said. “If you’re leaving work when a car pulls out of the parking lot behind you, don’t go straight home. Go somewhere else, and if they pull up in the same place or follow you somewhere else, call the police.”
JSO said it is not known if the two incidents are related, but they are investigating both cases as the men are still out there.
Anyone with information regarding the identity of the man in the sketches or anyone else involved in any of the robberies is asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at 904-630-0500 or to remain anonymous and a possible reward from up to $3,000 contact Crime Stoppers at 866-845-TIPS.
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