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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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  • You are very welcome! Sadly, most people don’t grasp the correlation between addiction and mental health. I often wonder how many of the negative commenters drink alcohol in abundance, but judge others.

    Monday, 12 September 2016, 7:02 pm
  • Thank you Sandy for your very well informed post. Mental illness is what led this individual to self medication.

    Monday, 12 September 2016, 4:01 pm
  • Just another POS that needs to be “Planted” and be done with any more crimes.

    Sunday, 11 September 2016, 5:05 pm
  • @Sandy= VERY WELL SAID..!!

    Saturday, 10 September 2016, 11:00 am
  • Sad mom, I agree with you and to all of you people “bullies” obviously your lives have not been affected by this epidemic! I’m happy you all have peaceful, beautiful lives. Please don’t assume it is parenting or lack of parenting skills. The underlying problem with drug addiction is mental health problems, which is also an epidemic. When you are afflicted with manic-depression (bipolar) , especially youths, illegal drugs are used to self medicate. I don’t condone drugs at all, but I also don’t condone self-rghteous people who don’t have a clue! My husband and I are both educated professionals, church-going, non-drinkers and involved parents, however, our lives have been affected by this drug epidemic since our 21 year old was 14 years old. These dealers (they are in the middle and high schools) prey on the sad, lost and lonely kids! My son has an IQ of 154, which would make one think he should know better, wrong; I guarantee most addicts never dreamt that first “hit” would lead to a lifetime of hell! Study up on addictive personalities before you judge. BTW, my son is an addict, never been arrested or incarcerated (only in his own personal prison). I know all of you know-it-all bullies will not begin to understand or empathize, until your lives become affected by this epidemic! To sad mom, I’m sorry for your pain and heartache, don’t grace these bullies with responses! To all of you bullies, don’t comment on issues you know nothing about until you walk the proverbial mile in my shoes!

    Saturday, 10 September 2016, 8:43 am
  • To sad mom. I’m sorry for what may be your predicament, but others shouldn’t have to tolerate being robbed or worse because of another’s addiction. When that happens, it becomes the neighborhood’s problem and the neighborhood isn’t so sympathetic.

    Friday, 9 September 2016, 9:18 am
  • Sad mom you should be apologizing to the community not looking for sympothy. You have raised a pile of crap. Congratulations !

    Friday, 9 September 2016, 8:20 am
  • Legalize it dont criticize it… Its not weed its potpourri that makes you insane and is a non addictive potpourri at that… should have kicked his ass real good. Comparing that to weed is defeating the purpose of any bill.

    Friday, 9 September 2016, 7:43 am
  • Its all about Parenting! The problems always start at Home. There is No Cure for STUPID

    Friday, 9 September 2016, 6:29 am
  • Wow,.it is what it is. CAUGHT, Now deAL with it, but I agree WITH SAD MOM, help is the only solution or things just get worse.THINK!

    Friday, 9 September 2016, 1:09 am
  • SAD MOM you’re an idiot

    Thursday, 8 September 2016, 10:34 pm
  • ive encountered many people that have used spices. no one ever says its addicting like meth or pain pills. at most some say it causes inability of motor skills. more so an excited delirium. every one has to play the blame game. he thought he was invincible. he needs to find a solid real job and get on with his life.

    Thursday, 8 September 2016, 6:37 pm
  • Sad mom, a person has to try drugs to become an addict. You make that decision to do drugs for the first time all on your own. Those needles don’t chase you down the street and jump in your arm and crack , meth or marijuana don’t light themselves .

    Thursday, 8 September 2016, 6:08 pm
  • Another Doc……He wasn’t smoking Marijuana. He was using Spice. Maybe if it was legal, he wouldnt have been using spice. Another “Dr.” T
    that i hope isnt a Dr.

    Thursday, 8 September 2016, 5:39 pm
  • Dr mexico you stuff it. You’re lack of empathy for a person really makes me hope you arent a dr!! Horrible little troll

    Thursday, 8 September 2016, 5:36 pm
  • Hey SAD MOM did he ever ask for help did you help him if they dont want help to help himself lucky it ended the way it did now he can ask himself do i need help or does he like to steal he also should tell the police where he got the stuff so they can go lock them up and stop some other

    Thursday, 8 September 2016, 3:59 pm
  • There is no help in this county for drug addiction . These types of crimes will keep happening. We as a community need to get them the help they need . Locking them up does not help. It means we have to pay more taxes to support them.

    Thursday, 8 September 2016, 3:19 pm
  • Exactly Doc, Educate, educate, educate PLEASE! When Oregon legalized marijuana, they thought they’d receive 3 million on its’ tax. The actual amount was 25 million dollars.

    Thursday, 8 September 2016, 2:47 pm
  • WHAT DOES THIS JERK HAVE TO DO WITH MEDICAL MARIJUANA. Don’t get me wrong I’m all in favor of legalizing medical marijuana , but jerks like this just make it harder to get a bill to pass. Because the uninformed thick headed people think that if they do that all the people that would benefit from it .would be out robbing phone stores and drug stores. Like this idiot. Throw his ass in jail and let out someone that got caught with a joint of real marijuana out to make room for him.
    By the way good job mr. manager employees and bystanders. We have to take our Hernando County back. Run this trash out of town.

    Thursday, 8 September 2016, 2:12 pm
  • Maybe it’s because RNRF is on top of things here, but I sure didn’t see this spice stuff in the Portland/Seattle area this year. I agree with above posts, weed just made me want a pizza, back in the day. What is in this spice, is it prosecuted/considered a hard drug?

    Thursday, 8 September 2016, 1:12 pm
  • So judgemental! Addiction is a horrible thing. I truly hope you NEVER have to know what it feels like to see your family member go from good person to this. Grab on to some empathy and stop acting like you’ve never done something wrong

    Thursday, 8 September 2016, 12:55 pm
    • stuff it sad mom. People make choices, with those choices come consequences. The old saying “play stupid games, win stupid prizes” applies here.

      Thursday, 8 September 2016, 3:28 pm
  • What would have happened if one of the bystanders had a Gun Of their own it would have been bad for spice boy

    Thursday, 8 September 2016, 12:46 pm
  • Wow at least Hernando county did it right. Way to stop crime. No place is safe anymore.

    Thursday, 8 September 2016, 12:37 pm
    • the sheriffs office didn’t do a thing … They are pointless

      Friday, 9 September 2016, 9:40 am
  • What an idiot!

    Thursday, 8 September 2016, 11:53 am
  • yahoooo!!!! another druggie off the streets of Hernando County…. way to go HCSO…. and way to go bystanders…. but please leave it to the HCSO…. we don’t want anyone hurt….

    Thursday, 8 September 2016, 11:51 am
  • Another reason to vote Yes on 2 November elections legalize medical marijuana

    Thursday, 8 September 2016, 11:48 am
  • Spice really must be a young person thing lol smoke sum real weed, i know when i used to smoke weed, i never needed to rob a store to get more weed lol lol these kids these days come on now, and where was he buying this spice, they need to arrest them too most likely a convenience store, get that crap outta here Like i said smoke real weed,

    Thursday, 8 September 2016, 11:41 am
  • Another dumb ***, load the guns up and take care of this piece of crap boys. Why does all of this deffication end up in Hernando county?

    Thursday, 8 September 2016, 11:29 am

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