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Holdup victim turns tables after robbery of Tampa Live nightclub

TAMPA — The cell phone rang, but 16-year-old Davonttae Davis was already in handcuffs. So David Lee Gay answered.

"How much did you get?" the voice on the other end queried. Gay told the man to come pick him up.

That man would be the fourth suspect captured because of Gay's efforts to catch brazen daylight robbers who struck the Tampa Live nightclub near Ybor City on Tuesday morning.

Gay was robbed at gun point while he worked in the club's office by two men who slipped in through the back door at 2620 E 7th Ave., police said.

Here's what police say happened next:

The robbers cleaned out the open safe in the club's office and ran out the VIP door to a Chevrolet Impala across the street.

Gay jumped in his vehicle and chased them, eventually catching up to the car and ramming it to slow it down.

The Impala finally stopped at E Eighth Avenue and N 32nd Street when Gay rammed it into a parked car on private property.

One man jumped out of the Chevy, and when Gay gave chase the man shot at him with a revolver, but none of bullets pierced Gay's vehicle.

Police arrested three suspects at the scene. They were identified as Curtis Antonio Marsh, 17; Davonttae Laturis Davis, 16; and Michael J. Williams, 30.

Police said Williams had a revolver with five spent cartridges and one live round in it, and Davis had a large amount of money when they were arrested.

As Davis was being arrested, his cell phone rang and Gay answered it, according to police.

Gay told the officers that Joshua Rashad Walker, 20, asked him "How much did you get?" and Gay told Walker to come and pick him up at the scene.

Walker did, and police arrested him.

The four suspects are charged with armed robbery with a firearm and conspiracy to commit a robbery.

Holdup victim turns tables after robbery of Tampa Live nightclub 06/23/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 23, 2009 11:14pm]
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