A “regular customer” accused of robbing a doughnut shop in Margate and then threatening officers with a stun gun is behind bars, police said.
Dunkin’ Donuts employees told police they recognized Lashan Patrick Jackson, 40, Saturday after he walked into the business at 399 South State Road 7 wearing a mask and carrying a rifle, according to the arrest report.
“If you don’t open the safe, I’m going to shoot you,” he said to the manager, according to the report.
Jackson followed the woman to the safe, pointing the rifle at her back. When the safe was opened, he grabbed a box with several rolls of coins and two TD Bank bags containing approximately $3,000, police said.
He left the restaurant and went around back to discard the rifle in a dumpster but missed and it hit the ground. Police said they later determined it was a pellet gun.
Witnesses saw Jackson walk away, get into a red four-door Chevrolet with a temporary tag, and drive off. While police were questioning them, one witness saw the red Chevy drive past the restaurant and pointed it out to the officers, the report said. Officers followed the car.
Cops stopped the suspect’s vehicle at 1100 S. State Rd. 7 in North Lauderdale. Officers said they found Jackson at the wheel and the rolled coins and TD Bank bags in the back seat. They also found $2,758 in the glove box, Dunkin’ Donuts deposit slips, and a blue jacket and mask similar to those worn by the armed robber, police said.
The witnesses identified Jackson, saying they were 100 percent certain he was the armed robber. They told detectives he came to the doughnut shop at least once a day and that they recognized his hair style, skin tone, build, mannerisms and eyes despite the mask worn during the holdup, police said.
After he was arrested, Jackson got into a struggle with police when they tried to put him in a holding cell.
Jackson grabbed one officer’s stun gun, police said. “I’m going to kill you,” he told the officer, but the stun gun but misfired, the arrest report stated. Then he grabbed an officer and ordered him to open the cell door. The officer refused and the struggle resumed.
The stun gun fired but no one was hit. Jackson then declared he was HIV positive and tried to bite the officer, police said. Several officers subdued him.
Jackson faces charges that include armed robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault, resisting arrest with violence and escape, among others. He was ordered held without bond, jail records showed.
Florida Department of Law Enforcement records show he was convicted of sexual assault on a minor in 1993.