Teen suspect shot by jewelry store employee in robbery: Sheriff
JENSEN BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) —
A teen robbery suspect is hospitalized in grave condition after a jewelry store robbery in Jensen Beach. The Martin County Sheriff's Office believes a store employee shot the suspect as he fled with another teen in a stolen car.
The robbery and shooting happened just before 10 a.m. Thursday at Treasure Coast Jewelry in the Granada Plaza and prompted a brief manhunt for the second suspect.
Authorities said one of the two young suspects, 17-year-old Jakeem McMillan of Pompano Beach, walked into the store where he tried on jewelry and then suddenly ran outside.
A store employee was working outside when he saw McMillan fleeing the store. Deputies said McMillan fought off Dacey and got into a car with 16-year-old John Clark of North Lauderdale behind the wheel.
Michael Dacey, according to the sheriff's office, saw the struggle and pulled out a gun and fired one shot at the car. The bullet went through the rear window of the car and hit McMillan in the head, deputies believe. The fleeing car crashed into another car and Clark fled on foot. Deputies captured him a short time later.
Investigators said the two suspects are from Broward County, and they were driving a stolen car.
The sheriff's office also said the suspects were involved in a similar jewelry store theft in St. Lucie County earlier in the day, possibly in Port St. Lucie. They are both facing robbery and grand theft auto charges.
Deputies were seen earlier questioning Dacey about what happened.
Clark, according to Sheriff William Snyder, gave a full confession. Snyder said he'll also face a murder charge if his buddy dies.
Earlier this week, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice announced a 43-year low in the number of juvenile arrests in 2017-2018.
However, according to the interactive tool, the number of arrests in Circuit 15, which covers Palm Beach County, are up seven percent. There were 3,473 arrests in 2016-17. That number climbed to 3,717 in FY 2017-18.