Police Arrest Armed Robbery Suspect and Recover $300,000 in Stolen Jewelry, $25,000 in Cash

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DATE: 3/8/2013, 9:28 a.m.

LOCATION: Value Pawn Store, 5123 N. Nebraska Ave

SUSPECT: Alexander Escarraman Enchauteg, DOB: 11/9/76, H/M, 18008 Allison Park Pl #204, Tampa

CHARGES: Armed Robbery with a Firearm, Armed Kidnapping with a Firearm, Violation of Probation for Robbery and Grand Theft

VICTIM: Jose Domingo, DOB: 3/3/73, 5123 N. Nebraska Ave

VICTIM: Jennifer Miranda, DOB: 11/2/85, 5123 N. Nebraska Ave

DETAILS: A suspect wearing large sunglasses and a hooded sweatshirt entered the store armed with a handgun as the store was opening this morning. He tied the hands of the male employee and left him in a back office. Next, he forced the female employee to open the safe at gunpoint. The suspect stole cash and jewelry then fled from the scene on foot. Air Service, K-9, plain-clothes ROC officers and Robbery Detectives responded. Through witnesses, detectives identified a possible suspect. They set up surveillance on the home of a former female employee with ties to the suspect. A short time later, she left the residence with two suitcases and drove to Seminole Hard Rock Casino. The suspect and another male arrived in another vehicle. The armed robbery suspect was taken into custody with the help of the Seminole Police Department and Seminole Hard Rock Security. In the suspect's car, ROC Officers recovered $300,000 in stolen jewelry, $25,000 in stolen cash, the suspect's gun and backpack used during the crime. Possible charges are pending against the former employee and second male. For interviews, please call Lt. Ron McMullen 931-6500 for interviews.

Laura McElroy
Tampa Police PIO