Cops in Florida are searching for a woman wanted in the attempted murder of a pawn shop owner.
Victoria Mercedas Fender, 35, is being sought on charges of armed robbery and attempted first-degree murder after investigators say she was caught on surveillance footage during an April 20 stickup at the Gold Leaf Pawn Shop in Live Oak, the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office announced Thursday.
Fender, who may be in the Tallahassee area, should be considered armed and dangerous, deputies said.
A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to Fender’s arrest and the recovery of a firearm stolen during the heist.
Fender’s alleged accomplice in the robbery, Jermar Tillie, 32, was arrested Tuesday, deputies said.
Tillie allegedly shot the owner several times after retrieving a handgun inside the store as he was distracted. He and Fender then fled in a silver Nissan Sentra, deputies said.
Tillie and Fender were also caught on surveillance footage inside the pawn shop prior to the shooting, WGFL reports.
“I guess they were just out casing places on Saturday, and then decided to come over here Monday and to rob this one,” Sheriff Sam St. John told the station.
The pawn shop owner, who was shot several times, was listed in intensive care Tuesday, WCTV reports.
“Doing everything they can to get him better,” St. John said. “He is tough, so I know he is going to come back from this.”
Anyone with information on Fender’s whereabouts is asked to contact deputies at (386) 362-2222.
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