• Man wearing bathrobe, slippers accused of robbing Kangaroo gas station, deputies say

    By: Chip Skambis


    SUMMERFIELD, Fla. - Marion County deputies arrested a man wearing a black bathrobe, pajama pants and slippers -- who witnesses said sounded ill -- after they say he robbed a Summerfield gas station at gunpoint early Saturday.  

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    Deputies said the "peculiar choice of clothing" was integral to the arrest of Novel Williams, 32, about 30 minutes after he allegedly robbed the Kangaroo gas station on SE Sunset Harbor Road around 2:10 a.m. 

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    Williams entered the store and brandished a handgun at the employees, demanding money and cigarettes while simultaneously apologizing for his actions, deputies said. 

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    After gathering the loot, Williams fled the store on foot. Witnesses described the attire of the robber to deputies, as well as some distinct tattoos on the robber's hands. 

    Deputies found Williams nearby about a half-hour after the armed robbery, with his attire and hand tattoos matching the witnesses descriptions. 

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    Deputies said he confessed to robbing the store "so he could afford a loan for school."

    Williams had a nasal-sounding voice, detectives noticed, which the Sheriff's Office said was likely why the witnesses said he sounded sick. 

    Source: Marion County Sheriff's Office

    Williams is charged with robbery with a weapon and is being held in the Marion County jail on $50,000 bail. 

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