Charges unlikely against man who shot robbers

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    Charges unlikely against man who shot robbers

    Carlos E. Medina
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    Published: Monday, July 16, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
    Last Modified: Monday, July 16, 2012 at 2:00 p.m.
    OCALA - The Internet cafe patron who shot and injured two men as they tried to rob the business will likely not face any criminal charges.

    “Based on what I have seen and what I know at this time, I don't anticipate filing any charges,” said Bill Gladson of the State Attorney's Office for 5th Judicial Circuit.

    Gladson said he has reviewed the security surveillance video from the cafe. While he still awaits final reports from the Marion County Sheriff's Office, he said the shooting appeared justified.

    Samuel Williams, 71, who fired the shots, has a concealed weapons permit, according to the Sheriff's Office. Under Florida law, a person is allowed to use deadly force if he or she fears death or serious injury to themselves or others. As long as the person isn't committing a crime and is in a place where he or she has a right to be, they are considered to be acting within the law.

    Williams, who lives in Ocala, could not be reached for comment on Monday. But at least one of his 30 fellow patrons at the cafe wants to thank him.

    “I think he is wonderful. If he wouldn't have been there, there could have been some innocent people shot,” said Mary Beach.

    Beach was sitting in with her back to the door Friday night and didn't realize what was happening until she heard shots.

    “I heard pop, pop; then pop, pop, pop, all at once,” she said. “In the confusion I never really got to see his (Williams) face.”

    Surveillance video of the incident was released on Monday by the Sheriff's Office. It shows two masked men entering the Palms Internet Cafe, 8444 SW State Road 200 in Ocala, just before 10 p.m. Friday. One of the men had a gun.



    Williams was seated toward the back of the cafe dressed in a white shirt, shorts and baseball cap.

    One of the masked men, identified as Duwayne Henderson, 19, comes in pointing a handgun at customers. The second man, Davis Dawkins, 19, is seen swinging a bat at something off screen, which was later identified as a $1,200 computer screen.

    As Henderson turns his back, Williams pulls out a .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun, stands from his chair, takes two steps, nearly drops to one knee, and fires two shots at Henderson, who bolts for the front door.

    Williams takes several more steps toward the door and continues firing as Henderson and Dawkins fall over one another trying to exit the building. The two eventually run off screen.

    Both men were shot by Williams. Their wounds were not life-threatening. Each was arrested hours later and charged with attempted armed robbery with a firearm and felony criminal mischief.

    Henderson remained in the Marion County Jail late Monday in lieu of a $31,000 bond. Dawkins was released Sunday after posting an $11,000 bond.

    Internet cafes are regulated by the state. They offer sweepstakes entries, which are used to buy time on computer terminals that simulate casino-style games. The operations, which have sprung up around the county and the state, are known to deal in cash.


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    5 shots, with a 380, stopped the threat. Good job!!! Never underestimate the old guy sitting in the corner. Glad to see all the pro Williams pro carry comments on the article.
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    Moral of story, do not mess with Old men. Looks like a good outcome....

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    I commend the guy on doing what he did but I wonder if he went a tad further than he should have by shooting at the the bad guys as they are going out the door. If one of those rounds had struck someone in the street things may have ended up differently for him.

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    Glad it turned out good and all went well.
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    Grandpaw saw his opening and took it! That was a very 'touchy' situation and could've turned out much worse, but it appeared the old man picked his targets and shot while using his head as best he could.

    Bravo Zulu!
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    Another good guy wins the day and another two skells are run off and back into the streets. Good for him! I think he did a great job.

    Now, I wonder how different the outcome might have been had he been carrying a larger caliber. Say a 9mm or a .40 even. I'm not ranting against the .380, don't misunderstand. I carry a Ruger LCP myself. Normally not as a primary but as a BUG. Still, the little .380 isn't a first rate man stopper. But the old guy did a good job. Kept his calm and got the job done when it needed doing.
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    Its very fasicnating to watch the other patrons responses... the lady on the right tries to bury her head. Everybody elses pretty much freezes.
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    A glaring example of when the flash bangs are popping and the lead is flying the bad guys aren't checking caliber, capacity, or brand before deciding to cut a trail ASAP. And this was against 2 perps armed with a gun and a bat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob99VMI04 View Post
    Its very fasicnating to watch the other patrons responses... the lady on the right tries to bury her head. Everybody elses pretty much freezes.
    Yeah, I am particularly astounded at the lady covering her ears, who almost walks INTO the line of fire!
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    Good Job! Don't mess with Grandpa, he keep a level head and even managed to take his finger off the trigger when he was done.
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    If you look towards the end of video is that the pocket holster in his hand?

    On another note I have never been to an Internet Cafe doesn't seem like a big score, if there is please enlighten me. Is there something i'm missing or is this a case of extreme stupidity?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob99VMI04 View Post
    If you look towards the end of video is that the pocket holster in his hand?

    On another note I have never been to an Internet Cafe doesn't seem like a big score, if there is please enlighten me. Is there something i'm missing or is this a case of extreme stupidity?
    Most internet cafe's provide WIFI and a lot of people with IPADS or other Laptops will go in to use High Speed Internet. IPADS go for BIG $$$ USED. Even the older models will go for 300-400 each depending on model.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob99VMI04 View Post
    Its very fasicnating to watch the other patrons responses... the lady on the right tries to bury her head. Everybody elses pretty much freezes.
    Oh, yes, the "Ostrich Defense", this is very popular in California, Illinois, and New Jersey.
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