Deputies: 1 in custody, 1 sought in attempted armed robbery

SJCSO: Frank Williams apprehended in Miami with help from US marshals

Booking photo of Frank Williams
Booking photo of Frank Williams

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. – One of two people sought in connection with an attempted robbery last month was taken into custody in Miami over the weekend with the assistance of the U.S. Marshal's Service, the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office said.

Frank Williams, 48, of Miami, is charged with attempted armed robbery with a firearm and aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony. He was booked into the Miami-Dade Corrections Department.

The investigation began on Jan. 26 when the Sheriff's Office was called just after 3 a.m. to an attempted armed robbery in the parking lot of a Denny's restaurant on State Road 16, near Interstate 95. 

A 48-year-old man told deputies that he and his 17-year-old son were there to purchase a vehicle for a large amount of cash from two people from South Florida. 

Deputies said the two sellers did not bring the vehicle, but pulled out a handgun and demanded the cash. 

The buyer had left the money in his vehicle and set off the car alarm to attract attention, prompting the pair to run off without the money, investigators said.

Williams was identified through a fingerprint he left behind and detectives obtained an arrest warrant, according to the Sheriff's Office.

He was located in Miami with assistance from the U.S. Marshal's Service and taken into custody without incident, deputies said. 

The Sheriff's Office said the second person is still being sought as the investigation continues.