Police ID Suspect In Robbery At Cemetery
Elderly Man Visiting Wife's Gravesite Robbed At Gunpoint
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Police announced on Friday the name of a man they suspect robbed an 84-year-old man visiting his wife's grave at a Westside cemetery.
The victim, Floyd Gaskins, said he has been going to visit his late wife's grave every day since she died a year ago.
The widower said when he was held at gunpoint at the Memorial Park Cemetery on Aug. 3 he was robbed of more than his money; his sense of security was also ripped from him.
The 84-year-old told Channel 4 that since the armed robbery he has been too scared to go to the cemetery alone.
"My son-in-law is here, and he's been going with me every day," Gaskins said.
He said he uses his time at the cemetery to talk to his wife. The two were married for 62 years, and he said he misses her terribly.
"It made me feel better when I went. I can go talk to her in the back room, but it's not the same," Gaskins said.
Nearly two weeks after the robbery, police said there's a break in the case.
Police said Gaskins identified a man caught on tape inside a Westside gas station as the robber, and on Friday investigators identified the suspect as 23-year-old Bryan Wadsworth. A second man seen with Wadsworth at the gas station has been cleared of any involvement, police said.
Detectives said an anonymous tip gave them the information they needed.
"Crime fighting is all about partnership," said Jacksonville Sheriff's Office spokesman Ken Jefferson.
Police said they are now hoping the public can help them again -- this time in locating Wadsworth.
"He's ducking and dodging right now. We're hoping someone sees him and can let us know where he is so we can pick him up and bring closure to this whole matter," Jefferson said.
No one's hoping for that more than Gaskins.
"I'll feel a lot safer not only for me but for other people too. If they get away with this one, they'll do it again, I'm sure," Gaskin said.
Anyone with information about Wadsworth's whereabouts is asked to call Crimestoppers at 866-845-TIPS.
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