Officers Quickly Capture Armed Robbery Suspect & Recover Stolen Cash

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INCIDENT DATE/TIME: 5/5/2013 at 10:10 PM

LOCATION: 4443 W. Kennedy Boulevard

BUSINESS: McDonald's

SUSPECT: B/M Mario James Allen, DOB: 06-23-1989, (H) At large.

At 10:10 PM on May 5, 2013, a B/M suspect entered the McDonald's Restaurant, located at 4443 W. Kennedy Blvd. The suspect pointed a handgun at the manager and demanded money from the safe. After obtaining an undetermined amount of cash, he ran from the restaurant.

Tampa Police Officers responded to a "Robbery-In-Progress" at the McDonald's and began to search the area for the suspect. Officer Kevin McNiff was driving south on N. Lois Ave, approaching W. Kennedy Blvd, when he saw the robbery suspect running from the area of the McDonald's. The officer apprehended the suspect at 4100 W. Kennedy Blvd and recovered the stolen cash. The handgun used in the robbery was recovered in the suspect's front left pocket. The money was returned to the store.

The suspect has been identified as Mario James Allen, DOB 06/23/1989. He was charged with Armed Robbery and Felon in Possession of a Firearm. There were no injuries.

Lt. William Ferguson
Tampa Police Department