FDLE agents, Palm Beach County sheriff’s robbery detectives arrest three men as part of ongoing armed robbery investigation

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) special agents and Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office robbery detectives (PBSO) have arrested three men who allegedly took part in the armed robbery of two men who won nearly $25,000 in a poker tournament at a South Florida casino.

The defendants arrested for their alleged role in the armed robbery are:

Emmanuel P. Alexis, 18, of 16324 N.E. Eighth Ave., North Miami Beach, charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery with a firearm

Jahson Rayon Linton, 18, of 8065 Tangelo Drive, Boynton Beach, charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery with a firearm

Clinton Ellington Jr., 18, of 19730 N.E. 12th Ave., Miami, charged with armed robbery and aggravated battery with a firearm

Following their arrest, the men were transported to the Palm Beach County Jail.

The investigation began two months ago after the two victims told Palm Beach County sheriff’s deputies that they were robbed at gunpoint of their winnings, which totaled $24,657, by several men who followed them into a residential development in Wellington. The robbery took place in the early morning hours of March 30, 2008.

Agents and sheriff’s detectives believe that the robbers and their accomplices had been watching the pair while they played in a March 29 poker tournament at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood.

After the two victims received their winning payouts from the casino, they were escorted to their vehicle by casino security personnel. Investigators believe the suspects then followed the two victims as they headed north toward Palm Beach County.

According to detectives, the victims were first confronted by the gunmen after they were cut off by the armed driver near the intersection of Wellington Trace and Forest Hill Boulevard. The victims told authorities that the driver and another man, who were wearing ski masks, jumped out of their vehicle and pointed handguns at the victims, who were still in their car.

When the victim, who was driving, saw one of the gunmen point a weapon at his head, he ducked, heard a shot fired and hit his gas pedal, driving around the two armed robbers, he told investigators. The gunmen then followed the victims into a residential development as both victims fled from their vehicle and tried to hide.

The gunmen reportedly confronted one of the victims and demanded his winnings. The victim handed over more than $3,000 to the two attackers. The other victim’s tournament winnings were still in the vehicle, authorities said. The gunmen searched that vehicle, took approximately $19,000 and then fled.

After the robbery was reported to investigators, authorities used surveillance footage and other investigative methods to identify the suspects in the armed robbery.

Once the possible suspects were identified, authorities obtained arrest warrants and search warrants for their residences. During the execution of the search warrants, investigators seized several items that will be examined for any possible connection to the armed robbery.

The investigation is continuing.

For more information, contact:

Teri Barbera
PBSO Public Information Officer
(786) 336-1052 (561) 688-3088

Paige Patterson-Hughes
Public Information Officer
FDLE - Miami
(954) 958-5400