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Fort Lauderdale police arrest armed robbery suspect

Turcotte2A Fort Lauderdale man suspected of being involved in at least two armed robberies was arrested Wednesday night, Fort Lauderdale police said in a press release Friday.

According to police, Jeffery Turcotte, 19, approached a woman late Wednesday while she was exiting her car at the 2100 block of Southeast 10th Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. He pointed a handgun to the back of her head and forced the victim to drive him to a nearby Bank of America ATM. 

Turcotte then demanded the victim to withdraw $200 and ordered her to drive to another Bank of America at 3030 West Davie Blvd., according to the police report.  

When the second ATM would not allow the victim to withdraw more money, Turcotte told her that he was going to "rob her house" and forced her to drive to her residence.

On the way to the victim's house, Turcotte spotted a red sports car in the parking lot of an Outback Steakhouse located at 1801 Southeast 10th Ave. and ordered the victim to follow the car. 

After following the sports car to a parking lot at 3049 Alahambra St., Turcotte hid his gun in his waistband and demanded that the victim help him rob the couple in the sports car. When the woman refused to do so, Turcotte turned his attention towards the couple, which allowed the female victim to run away.

According to the arrest report, Turcotte approached the couple from behind and grabbed the man by the shoulder telling him: "Stop or I'll kill you."

He then demanded that the male victim hand him his wallet but became increasingly frustrated when the couple did not comply immediately. Turcotte then ran back to the original victim's car and fled. 

When police attempted to stop Turcotte, he sped away, running multiple red lights, lost control and struck a fence, said Fort Lauderdale police spokeswoman DeAnna Greenlaw.

He then tried to run away but was detained by police, the arrest report stated. 

Turcotte was taken into custody and charged with three counts of armed robbery with a firearm, one count of armed kidnapping, one count of grand theft auto, one count of fleeing and eluding law enforcement, and one count of operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver's license. 

The investigation is on-going, Greenlaw said.

Photo courtesy of Broward Sheriff's Office.


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