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Attempted Aggravated Robbery resulting in a Jacksonville homicide

On Sunday, at approximately 10:30 p.m., Jacksonville Police arrested Lerome Deshawn Kelley, 19, who has no fixed address, in reference to the homicide that occurred on Dec. 13 in the 600 Block of West Main Street.

Kelley has also been charged with Aggravated Robbery and Theft of Property in reference to the following incidents:

On Dec. 13, at approximately 8 p.m., an employee, of Sonic Drive In located at 1808 West Main St., was robbed at gunpoint. The suspect approached the victim employee near the dumpster and pointed a gun at him and took his money, according to a press release issued Monday by the city police department.

Police Dept. Kenny Boyd said robberies at gunpoint have occurred repeatedly in the area in recent weeks.

On Nov. 30, at approximately midnight, a subject was robbed at gunpoint while at the ATM located at 101 Gregory Place. The suspect approached the victim’s vehicle and pointed a gun at him and took his cell phone.

On Nov. 28, at approximately 10:45 p.m., a subject was robbed at gunpoint while at the ATM located at 101 Gregory Place. The suspect approached the victim’s vehicle and pointed a gun at him and took his cell phone along with cash.

“Kelley is basically homeless but stayed with different people here in Jacksonville,” according to a department press release.

Kelley has been charged with the following: one count of Capital Murder Class “Y” Felony; four counts of Aggravated Robbery Class “Y” Felony; and counts of Theft of Property Class “B” Felony.

The department released a report Saturday starting that one day earlier at about 8:30 p.m. police was dispatched to shots being fired and a vehicle crash located in the 600 Block of West Main Street.

Upon arrival officers found a vehicle crashed into a building and the driver was found to have several gunshot wounds. The victim, identified as Marcus Israel, a 23 year old black male, was transported to a local hospital and died earlier on Saturday.

According to a press release issued by the city police department, the investigation has revealed that this was an attempted Aggravated Robbery at an ATM machine. The suspect at the time was described as: male, unknown race, medium build, 5’6” to 6’0” wearing white tennis shoes, blue jeans, and a dark colored hooded coat.

The suspect was believed to have used a bicycle for transportation to and from the area. The suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

“The Jacksonville Police Department encourages everyone to please be aware of your surroundings while shopping, going to ATM machines, getting gas and all of your travels during this holiday season,” according to April Kiser, public information officer for the Jacksonville Police Department. “Try to stay in well-lit areas and just take an extra moment to look around. If something you see makes you feel uncomfortable or you see anything suspicious please contact your local law enforcement agency.”

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