SHALIMAR, March 9, 2018–A Crestview man who had just been profiled as a fugitive this week by Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers didn’t bother to try to stay off the radar.
Instead he and an accomplice committed an armed robbery just before midnight Thursday at a convenience store in Crestview.
An observant witness, combined with excellent law enforcement teamwork, helped put both behind bars this morning, according to the Okaloosa County sheriff.
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office investigators said Crestview resident Keyshan Christian McClearn, 20, and Jamel Lee Coleman, 22, robbed a Tom Thumb store on James Lee Boulevard at gunpoint and fled with a small amount of cash.
A crewmember of an EMS ambulance sitting in the parking lot during the robbery was able to provide a description of a possible suspect vehicle seen at the store.
A BOLO–or “Be On the Look Out” advisory–resulted in a Crestview Police Department officer spotting the car and two men at Aplin Apartments.
OCSO units arrived and took the suspects in for interviews. Evidence visible in the video footage of the robbery at the store was in plain view inside the car.
Deputies also found a fully loaded firearm next to the rear left tire.
Coleman and McClearn are charged with armed robbery.
“Well done to all involved in helping get two dangerous individuals off the streets quickly,” said Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley. “This results were a combination of strong witness information and excellent law enforcement teamwork.”
McClearn had also been wanted for felony violation of probation on an original charge of credit card fraud.
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office release