Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Public safety

Two teenagers accused of robbery outside Shady Hills store

SHADY HILLS — Two teens have been arrested on charges of robbing a man at gunpoint last month.

Just before 10 p.m. Nov. 18, Lyle Dillon Thompson and Mack William Walls III waited outside a Circle K store while Jonathan Whitten was inside buying allergy medicine, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.

In a November interview, Whitten told the Tampa Bay Times that he was walking out to his Jeep when the two ambushed him. Deputies say Thompson pointed a gun at Whitten's face.

"I didn't want to give them another second to think of their next move," Whitten, 22, later said. "I was thinking 'get ahold of that gun.' "

He said he grabbed the gun, while Thompson's hand was still on it, and pointed it back at him. Whitten said he kicked Thompson, 18, against another car and punched him twice. Walls used something like pepper spray on Whitten, then punched him in the jaw, authorities said.

Whitten ran back into the store at 18941 Old Shady Hills Road, where a clerk called 911 and gave him the phone. The robbers ran.

An anonymous tipster called the Sheriff's Office with the identities of the two teens. Surveillance video from the store helped deputies find them.

The teens were arrested Tuesday and charged with armed robbery. Deputies found Thompson at his home at 18115 State Road 52.

He remained Thursday at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $150,000 bail. Walls, 16, was arrested at Schwettman Educational Center and was taken to the juvenile assessment center.

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