Jacksonville police ID suspect in 2 car thefts, 2 business robberies & police chase

Dontravious Adair, 21, is charged with attempted murder of a police officer, among other offenses

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A Jacksonville man faces a list of charges after authorities say he stole two cars, held up a convenience store and a credit union at gunpoint, and then led police on a wild chase in one of the stolen vehicles last week.

That stolen car wove in and out of oncoming traffic along 103rd Street as the driver opened fire at officers in pursuit until the chase came to an end with a head-on crash, according to police.

Dontravious Adair, 21, was arrested on felony charges of attempted murder of a police officer, armed robbery, shooting deadly missiles, fleeing or attempting to elude police, motor vehicle theft, and a misdemeanor count of reckless driving.

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Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office Director of Investigations Mike Bruno said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon that the “crime spree” began around noon March 10 when Adair stole a black Mercedes-Benz from a dealership on Blanding Boulevard. Bruno said Adair drove that vehicle about 2 miles before crashing into a wooded area. Adair then went to another dealership on Blanding Boulevard and stole a white Lexus, Bruno said.

Around 2:30 p.m. that day, according to Bruno, Adair entered a convenience store on Wheat Road with customers inside, pointed a gun at the clerk and demanded money.

After getting money from the store, Bruno said, Adair walked into the VyStar Credit Union on 103rd Street near Ricker Road shortly before 4:30 p.m, pointed a rifle at several people, including the security guard, took the security guard’s gun, herded customers into a corner, and got cash. Bruno described it as a “takeover-style bank robbery,” which was captured on surveillance video. He said Adair was in the bank for about seven minutes.

The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office released surveillance footage from inside the credit union. (Provided by Jacksonville Sheriff's Office)

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