PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) – A violent robbery in a Pensacola Boost Mobile caused an uproar in the community.
“By sharing it with the public, we got a lot of calls on the identity and also the possible location of our suspect,” Captain David Alexander with Pensacola Police said.
That suspect ended up being Vincent Lavon Johnson. He’s a Pensacola resident who has prior charges of battery and robbery.
“We have panic systems in our stores. And when she asked for help, we immediately started watching the security systems. And we could see it and hear it and the reaction time was almost instantaneous,” Bob Wilson, owner of the Boost Mobile store, said.
And using the video, Pensacola Police were able to get a lot of support from the public.
“I’m quite sure that that video went out in places we probably never imagined, but it’s a response and of course people were very upset at what they had seen. And, of course, by sharing it with friends, it makes those who really can do something want to do something,” Alexander said.
Thanks to information from tippers, they were able to track Johnson to the 3000 block of Roosevelt Street. Johnson tried to run when he saw police, but thanks to K-9 units, they were able to track him to one of the houses.
Store owner Bob Wilson made no secret of how he felt about Johnson.
“He’s a dirtball. And I can only say that lightly. I mean, personally I would like to say a few more things, but we can’t do that on air,” Wilson said.
The best news is that both the victim and her baby came out relatively ok.
“She told my wife that the baby was kicking and everything was good, so that’s what we wanted to hear,” Wilson said.
Johnson is currently being held on a $78,000 bond and is due in court on July 11.