Customers take down man attempting to rob Coral Gables store

Jovon Reddick arrested

CORAL GABLES – A man stormed into a Coral Gables convenience store apparently holding a gun at 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

The man demanded that everyone get on the ground and empty out their pockets, threatening to shoot them.

The store clerk ducked and hid, but the two customers inside seemed to comply, until the man in the black T-shirt said not so fast. He walked toward the robber and grabbed him. His friend joined in and the three of them struggled.

The man in black even wailed on the robber's head with a bottle of iced tea. They push to the back of the store and the robber ended up on the ground.

He was held down, and one of the men even tied the robber's shoe laces together until Coral Gables police arrived.

Two officers with long guns arrived, and another officer with his handgun.

Jovon Reddick, 32, was arrested and booked with his head bleeding from the iced tea bottle. He faces charges of armed robbery and using a firearm during a felony.

Police said Reddick was only pointing fingers at the victims, but had a loaded gun hidden in his waistband.

The customers escaped unharmed but a little shaken up. Police said it's an extremely risky move to fight back.

"We would not urge the public to ever go ahead and do this type of actions, but we're just very happy and elated that it turned out in the way that it did," Officer Lauren Poole said.

Reddick is now at the county jail. He is expected to face a judge Sunday.

About the Author:

Liane Morejon is an Emmy-winning reporter who joined the Local 10 News family in January 2010. Born and raised in Coral Gables, Liane has a unique perspective on covering news in her own backyard.