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Video shows store owner shooting at fleeing teen robbery suspects

Teen robbery suspect shot in jewelry store robbery in Martin County. Investigators are looking for any connections to a robbery in Port St. Lucie. (Martin County Sheriff's Office)

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office released surveillance video of a Jensen Beach robbery that ended with one teenager behind bars, and another fighting for his life.

Seventeen-year-old robbery suspect Jakeem McMillan remains at an area hospital in grave condition after he was shot in the head by the store owner.

His accomplice, 16-year-old John Clarke, who was the driver of the getaway car, was arrested on grand theft auto and robbery charges.

Sheriff William Snyder said during a brief press conference Friday afternoon, Michael Dacey, the owner of the Treasure Coast Liquidators store, will most likely not be charged for the shooting.

“In this circumstance, everything lined up to make this a justified shooting,” Sheriff Snyder said.

In the video, you can see the moment McMillan jumps in the moving car with $800 worth of jewelry. Dacey fires a shot, striking McMillan in the head.

“If he [McMillan] doesn’t make it, Clark will be charged with felony murder. The State Attorney’s Office is on board with that and ready to do that,” the sheriff said. “If during the commission of a crime, somebody is killed, all the people in the middle of the crime, even if they didn’t intend to be a murder, are charged with felony murder.”

In that robbery, the Martin County Sheriff's Office said 17-year-old Jakeem McMillan walked into Treasure Coast Jewelry, tried on several gold rings. The woman working the counter told the teen he was not allowed to try on all the rings at the same time. According to the arrest report, the teen threatened to kill the owner of the store before he dashed out the door.

Investigators released surveillance video of the shooting.

Deputies said a store employee tried to stop him, but the fleeing suspect pushed him away and hopped into a waiting Jeep. A co-owner of the store saw the confrontation, pulled out a gun and fired at the fleeing Jeep, hitting McMillan. The fleeing Jeep then crashed into a dump truck. Deputies captured the 16-year-old driver, identified as John Clark, after a brief manhunt.

“He cooperated, confessed to everything, and bet our detectives he would be out within 20 days and our detective took the bet,” Snyder said.

The two teens involved have also been linked as suspects in a similar robbery in St. Lucie County.

The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office said the robbery happened Thursday at around 9:11 a.m. at the Cash America Pawn shop on S. U.S. 1 in Port St. Lucie.

Deputies said a young black male came into the store, grabbed a piece of jewelry and ran out. He hopped into a waiting car which sped away.

Investigators in St. Lucie County said Friday they used fingerprints and photo lineups to connect the youngsters in the store robbery to the robbery and shooting in Jensen Beach, which happened about 45 minutes later.

Clark, according to the arrest report, is an 11th grader at Coconut Creek High School. He's facing robbery and grand theft auto charges. The Martin County Sheriff's Office said Clark could face a murder charge if McMillan dies.

“Go to school, get an education and get a job, and stop stealing," Snyder said. "We had 47 personnel, not including me, yesterday at that scene. So if you come here, and you step into the beehive, expect to get stun.”



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