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Police arrest second suspect in Dade City robberies

DADE CITY — A second suspect has been arrested in the two armed robberies that happened late Monday night and early Tuesday morning in Dade City.

Derrick Raynard Wright Jr., a 17-year-old who lives on Marshall Drive in Dade City, is charged with armed carjacking and two counts of armed robbery. He was arrested Friday and is in juvenile custody, according to the Dade City Police Department.

Another suspect — 25-year-old Christopher Demon Arnold — was arrested Wednesday. He is charged with robbery with a deadly weapon and carjacking. As of Saturday, he remained in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $60,000 bail.

Authorities say the two robbed a man at gunpoint in downtown Dade City around 11:50 p.m. Monday. The man was so badly beaten he was taken to Shands Hospital in Gainesville for head trauma. Authorities said he is in stable condition.

The next victim was a 20-year-old Chili's server depositing his nightly tips into an ATM at a Bank of America on Church Street around 12:20 a.m. Tuesday. That man's wallet, cell phone and car keys were stolen, as well as money taken out of the ATM machine. He was pistol-whipped and his car stolen.

Dade City Police said three men did these two crimes, so a third suspect remains at large.

Police arrest second suspect in Dade City robberies 08/08/09 [Last modified: Saturday, August 8, 2009 2:26pm]
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