110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Pat Andrews
posted Jul 3, 2013 - 11:15:10am
DeLand police charged three men who came to town from Sanford with robbery, and are looking for a fourth man.
Once they got to DeLand June 29, three of the suspects robbed a 17-year-old at gunpoint in Laurel Villas apartment complex, taking his Android tablet and a set of headphones. They then walked away through the complex.
The victim was able to give descriptions to DeLand police.
That was around 10:50 p.m.
Just before midnight, police were called to the 200 block of Volusia Avenue about a second robbery. In this case, a female victim said she was walking in the 100 block of the street, when an older-model burgundy Chevy Caprice drove past her. The car's dome light was on, and she saw two men in the back seat and two men in the front seat as the vehicle passed. The Chevy stopped, and two males got out on its passenger side. They ran up to the victim, armed with semi-automatic firearms, and demanded she give them everything she had, which was $8, a phone and a Checkers card.
The victim said the suspects took the items, then fled westbound in the Chevy.
The second victim gave descriptions that matched those the first victim gave police. A "Be on the Lookout" or BOLO was placed on the vehicle described. Police found a Chevy matching the description in the 800 block of West Rich Avenue. One man standing next to the car ran away, and another man got out of the car and was placed under arrest after "a brief foot pursuit," police said. He was identified as 18-year-old Troy Encarnacion
The other man, Freddie Martin III, 20, was picked up in the 800 block of W. Rich Ave.
The victim of the robbery on Volusia Avenue was not able to identify the two as the men who robbed her.
The victim from Laurel Villas did identify Encarnacion as one of the suspects who robbed him, and Encarnacion was dressed as the victim had reported, police said. In the car, police found an Android tablet they believed to belong to the first victim. Police also found a black semi-automatic handgun like the one victims described, a black LG cellphone, some cash, a few black T-shirts, and a black ski mask.
After he was read his rights, Encarnacion told police a man called "Monster," also named "Fred," invited him to a dance. "Monster" and another called "T-Lo" picked up Encarnacion.
"'Monster' told Encarnacion to get his hoodie and gloves because they were fixing to do "something'" — a "lick" or robbery "in Volusia County because that's where the 'licks' are."
Encarnacion told police the first robbery was committed in the projects. Laurel Villas is a low-income apartment community. The fourth man held the gun in this robbery.
Next, "Monster" gave Encarnacion a gun and told him to rob a woman who was walking by herself, smoking a cigarette. Encarnacion said he was scared and didn't want to. His friends put him out of the car.
Five minutes later, Encarnacion was picked up by his friends, who told him they had robbed the woman, he told police.
Encarnacion identified Freddie Martin III as "Monster" from a driver's license picture, and said Martin III was the driver during the robberies. Encarnacion admitted that he, Martin III, "Tray" and another suspect had knowledge the guns were to be used to commit the robberies.The purpose: to get money to attend a party in Sanford.
A witness told police the car came from her house on West Rich Avenue. "Tray," now identified as Trevon Armstrong, 18, and Freddie Martin III were at her house, and later, Armstrong called her and said the men fled from police, she said.
Martin III denied being involved in any part of the robberies or being in the vehicle.
Armstrong denied participating in the robberies, and said Martin III had use of the Chevy.
Armstrong's girlfriend told police that Armstrong told her that Martin III was driving the Chevy, and that they fled from police.
DeLand police charged Martin III, Encarnacion and Armstrong with armed robbery.
They remained in custody July 3, getting to spend some more time in Volusia County.
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