Customer shoots suspects during Internet cafe robbery

Customer shoots suspects during Internet cafe robbery

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Two men who deputies say tried to rob a Marion County Internet café were both shot by one of the patrons. 

It happened just before 10:00 p.m. Friday at the Palms Internet Café located at 8444 SW State Road 200. 

When Marion County deputies arrived they found patrons outside the business who told them that two men in masks - one armed with a baseball bat and the other with a handgun - barged into the business. The robbers told the approximately 30 patrons to get on the floor, and they demanded money. 

Investigators say Samuel Williams, one of the customers, pulled out his own handgun and shot the robbers. Both robbers began running toward the front door, and the patron fired several more shots as they fled. 

The two men got into a car parked nearby and fled. 

Not long afterward, deputies got a call about two men at a Marion Oaks residence who were telling people there that they had been shot while at Scott Carrigan Baseball Park on Southeast 17th Street in Ocala. Police officers went to the field but found no evidence of a shooting there. 

The two men, later identified as Davis G. Dawkins, 19, and Duwayne Henderson, 19, were transported - one by helicopter - to Shands at the University of Florida in Gainesville.  

Dawkins had a superficial wound in his left arm, but Henderson was shot in two places: his left buttock and his right hip. 

Neither of the men have a criminal record, authorities said 

Both men were arrested for attempted robbery with a firearm.


Written by Antonio Bernhardt, Assignment Manager

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