NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. – Three Georgia men accused of holding up an internet cafe in the Callahan area last month have been arrested, Nassau County Sheriff Bill Leeper announced Wednesday afternoon.
Vincent Alexander Baker, 20, Tyreke Joshua Williams, 20, and Emanuel Elijah Paulisaint, 22, all of whom are from St. Marys, are charged with armed robbery with a firearm.
The sheriff said the three men were playing games inside the Cyber Center on U.S. 1, just north of Callahan and south of Hilliard, early June 20. According to an incident report, deputies arrived at the scene just three minutes after being called to the Cyber Center, but the suspects had already left.
Leeper said that when all the other patrons left the internet cafe about 2:45 p.m., the men went up to a business clerk to cash out their winnings, which the report listed as $5. When the clerk opened the cash register, according to the detectives, the three men pulled out semiautomatic handguns, pointed them at the clerk and demanded all of the cash.
An employee who is listed in the report told deputies that one of the men placed a gun to his head and said, “Keep the drawer open.” The victim also stated one of the men ordered him, “Take us to the money room.”
The report states the victim complied with the demands and then complied with orders to lie down on the floor with his head down.
After the robbery, the trio got into a small, black four-door vehicle and took off, the sheriff said. Once the armed robbers left the business, according to the report, the victim ran to a neighboring business to call 911.
The report states the victim’s cellphone was stolen, along with $6,500 in cash from the money room. The cellphone was later recovered less than a mile away thanks to GPS tracking. It was then collected as evidence. Deputies said they also located a pair of sweatpants believed to be worn by one of the robbers. The pants were in the northbound lane of Eastwood Road, which is the route deputies said they believe the robbers took to get away.
It's unclear how detectives identified the suspects, but the sheriff said arrest warrants were issued for all three men after an investigation by Nassau County Sheriff's Office.
Baker was located in St. Marys and arrested June 25. Williams and Paulisaint were arrested Wednesday in Polk County, Florida, after fleeing the area, Leeper said.
The armed robbery happened at the height of an adult arcade crackdown in Jacksonville. The owner of the Callahan-area property told News4Jax last month that while robberies may be common at Jacksonville internet cafes, they are rare in Nassau County.