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Lake Butler Stop-N-Go armed robbery suspect caught within minutes

The Lake Butler Stop-N-Go was robbed on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

The Lake Butler Stop-N-Go was robbed on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

On Sunday, 1:51 p.m., a black male entered the front door of the Lake Butler Stop-N-Go, located at 730 E. Main Street in Lake Butler to commit an armed robbery of the business.

The suspect entered wearing a black mask and black jacket and demanded money from the store clerk. Witnesses stated the suspect flashed a small firearm. The suspected was in the store less than 20 seconds and departed back out the front door with an undisclosed amount of money running southwest toward the area behind Badcock Furniture.

The store clerk immediately pressed the burglary alarm and the first deputy arrive on scene within seconds. The on scene deputy gave suspect description out to other units that arrived within a minute to search the area. Union County Sheriff’s Deputy Donnie Jones found the suspect at S.W. Fifth Avenue and S.E. Second Street immediately after releasing the suspect description. From the time the crime was committed to arrest was less than four minutes.

Florida Department of Corrections K-9 team and Florida Highway Patrol assisted with the search for evidence that the suspect may have thrown or dropped. Evidence found included his black jacket and clothing.

The suspect later admitted that the gun seen by witnesses was actually his silver cell phone he flashed around to fool people.

The suspect, Calvin L. Hill Jr, is a 17-year-old, 5’10” black male from Gainesville and was arrested for armed robbery with a firearm (1st degree felony) and felony larceny (3rd degree Felony). There was no vehicle used and no known accomplices at this time. The suspect was interviewed by UCSO’s Major Garry Seay and confessed to this crime and stated his involvement in another armed robbery in Mayo. Investigators from Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office came and interviewed the suspect on his involved in their crime.

After multiple interviews by both sheriff’s offices, the suspect was turned over to Department of Juvenile Justice.

Evidence recovered from suspect includes cash from the armed robbery, backpack, cell phone and a black mask.

This crime was solved due to the quick action on both the store clerk/witnesses and responding law enforcement units.

If anyone has any further information concerning this crime or any other crime they are encouraged to contact the Union County Sheriff’s Office at386-496-2501.

Evidence gathered from the armed robbery at the Lake Butler Stop-N-Go.

Evidence gathered from the armed robbery at the Lake Butler Stop-N-Go.

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