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Jacksonville standoff is over; robbery suspect was not in the home

Posted: May 30, 2014 - 11:12am  |  Updated: May 30, 2014 - 5:20pm
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Update 3 p.m.: The standoff is over. The suspect was not in the house. The Sheriff’s Office identified him as Cornelius Lamont Mann, 33. Court and prison records show Mann was sentenced to 10 years for armed robbery and was released Jan. 16, 2013. He also was arrested in April on charges of knowingly operating a vehicle with a suspended or revoked license and attaching a license plate or validation sticker not assigned. He has an outstanding warrant for a robbery charge with a $250,000 bail.

Update 2 p.m.: What sounded like several shots were heard about 1:30 p.m. in the neighborhood and a woman who left her home behind the house being watched said scores of police have been there since about 8 a.m.

Police have not said what may have been fired. Shortly before the sounds, they said there was no information to update.

Caitlyn Johnson lives behind the house and said police told her to stay inside or she would have to leave. She said she left about 1:15 p.m.

She said police have cut power to the house where the suspect is staying and have told him to make himself known.

“ ‘There could be some shooting,’ ” she said she was told.

Police called for the man to throw a pillow out the front door, which Johnson said she was told was open.

"They said he's known to have guns," she said.

As far as she could tell there has been no response.

Police said the man needed to think about others.

" ‘You need to think about your girlfriend, you need to think about your children,’ " she heard police say.

She said there were about 10 armed officers in her backyard and that she had seen what she described as a sniper rifle and K-9 teams.

 

Original story:

Jacksonville police believe a man wanted for robbery is holed up in a Westside house after a woman who left the residence about 8 am confirmed the man was inside.

Police have been watching the house on Centauri Road for signs of the suspect after the woman left with some children and was interviewed.

Spokeswoman Melissa Bujeda said investigators are not releasing the suspect’s age or identity or details of the robbery.

“He is considered armed and dangerous,” she said.

Bujeda said police have not independently confirmed the man is inside the house but are acting on what they were told. No one else is believed to be inside.

Houses along the block have been evacuated near the 103rd Street and Ricker Road area.

The Times-Union will update with more information as it becomes available.

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the_yes_man 05/30/14 - 04:30 pm
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A stand off? With whom? No

A stand off? With whom? No one was home.

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