The man accused of firing gunshots at a Florida Highway Patrol trooper in November has now been charged in another case: the August robbery of an internet cafe.
Marion County Sheriff’s Detective John Lightle said in his report that on Aug. 21, deputies were called to the Fortune Club at 3420 NE Jacksonville Road in reference to a man armed with two guns entering the business and taking cash.
Lightle spoke with several customers at the business and they gave a description of the gunman and his clothing. The detective was told the suspect put the money in a backpack then left.
The detective reviewed the store’s surveillance video and it showed someone running into the café shortly after 2 p.m. Before barging into the business, officials said, security video captured an image of the man’s face. The robber then put on a mask and ran into the store.
Deputies said gunman was given money from a back office and then fled.
Lightle and other detectives later identified Fashawn Micquiel King as a suspect in the case.
Lightle and fellow Detective Daniel Pinder interviewed King at the Marion County Jail, where he’s being held in connection with the November shooting case. King denied being the internet cafe robber, the Sheriff’s Office said.
When told about the evidence they have, King asked for a lawyer.
The detectives re-arrested King for armed robbery and two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
King is charged with robbery with a firearm, attempted murder, displaying a firearm during the commission of a felony and discharging a firearm from a vehicle stemming from the Nov. 19, 2020 incident in downtown Ocala.
Law enforcement officials allege that David L. James robbed Bizzle Boutique, 226 E. Silver Springs Blvd., on that day. As James was running away, a store employee fired several shots at him.
A trooper was in the area and a witness told the FHP official about the shooting. James and another man, later identified as King, were seen driving away. The trooper pursued the vehicle and, during the chase, several shots were fired at the trooper.
James was apprehended in Gainesville hours later, and King was captured by OPD officers on Nov. 21. King told detectives he fired shots at the trooper because he wanted to get away.
Jail records show James, 35, of Starke, is being held without bail at the jail. He is charged with principle to attempted murder, robbery with a firearm and fleeing and attempting to elude a law enforcement official.
Contact Austin L. Miller at 867-4118, email@example.com or @almillerosb