ECSO Arrests Armed Robbery Suspects
Great teamwork between the ECSO Investigations and Patrol Units – coupled with suspect’s careless mistake – has led to the closure of at least four armed robberies occurring within the past two weeks.
Patrol deputies arrested 24-year-old Joseph M. Vaughn and 22-year-old Demeko L. Sims at approximately 8:30 this morning after Investigators developed information on the suspects and their vehicle. Both were taken into custody without incident during a traffic stop near the intersection of Mobile and Green streets.
The two are believed to have committed four armed robberies during a spree that began October 17th:
October 17, 2015 Lucky 7
4901 Lillian Hwy
October 20, 2015 Mom & Pop
2600 East Olive Rd
October 24, 2015
6090 West Fairfield Drive
November 1, 2015 Lucky 7
4801 Lillian Hwy
Investigators were able to identify the suspects through surveillance video. On all four robberies, Sims was wearing the same pants. He also left his EBT card on the counter during one of the robberies.
Both Vaughn and Sims are charged with the following:
-Robbery with a Firearm
-Possession of a Weapon by a Convicted Felon
-Wearing a Mask or Hood During the Commission of a Felony
They are currently being held in the Escambia County Jail.