Suspect Subdued by Staff, Bystanders, During Robbery Attempt
SPRING HILL – Too much “spice” is what a would-be robbery suspect claims led to his poor decision to rob a cell-phone store on Wednesday. And thanks to the store’s manager and few brave bystanders, the suspect didn’t make it very far while trying to flee from the scene.
According officials, around 2:15 p.m. yesterday, 19-year-old Blake Alexzander Chamberlain covered his face with a t-shirt and walked into the Boost Mobile store on Andy Pella Drive. Once inside Chamberlain handed a female clerk a note that stated “Give me the money or else someone’s gonna get hurt.” Chamberlain positioned his hand near his waistband and stated “I have a gun” which placed the clerk in fear for her life. The clerk handed the money over and then attempted to leave the store. That’s when store manager Reinaldo Amarilis, store employees, and several bystanders subdued Chamberlain and held him on the ground until deputies arrived on the scene.
While in route to the Hernando County Jail, Chamberlain stated “I just wanted more spice, I just needed more spice.”
During an interview with detectives, Chamberlain stated that he had been smoking “spice” all day and that he needed money to purchase more “spice.” Chamberlain did not have a gun in his waistband during the robbery.
Chamberlain is charged with Robbery without a Firearm and is held on a $10,000 bond.
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