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Three arrested after Depot Park robbery

BY JENNIFER CABRERA

Tases J Mills, 20, Madrek Eugene Nobles, 19, and a juvenile were arrested early this morning following a robbery at Depot Park. Mills and Nobles were both charged with two counts of armed robbery and one count of grand theft-auto; the charges for the juvenile are not public.

At about 11:45 p.m. last night, two women reported to Gainesville Police Department officers that while walking in the area of Depot Park (201 SE Depot Avenue), they were approached by two black males armed with handguns. The men ordered the victims to give them “all they [had],” and the victims handed over their cell phones and car keys that belonged to a third victim who was not present. The victims reported that two young men fled on foot a short distance and met up with a third male who had been standing nearby. Then they said the three men located the SUV belonging to their friend and drove away in it.

An alert was issued for the SUV and the suspects, and the SUV was located on I-75 about 40 minutes later with the aid of the vehicle’s OnStar system. OnStar took control of the vehicle and slowed it to a stop near the southbound off-ramp at NW 39th Avenue. The driver, later identified as Mills, and front passenger, a juvenile who was not identified, immediately left the vehicle and fled on foot. The rear passenger, later identified as Nobles , stayed in the car. Mills was captured a short distance away with the help of a K-9. The juvenile was also captured a short distance away. Two black pistols were found in the vehicle. It was also later determined that Mills and the juvenile were allegedly the two who robbed the women near Depot Park; Nobles was allegedly the one who was waiting nearby.

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