Palm Coast Robbery & Chase Suspect Also Arrested In DeLand Taco Bell Theft

By on November 14, 2017 in WNDB News

DeLand, FL – Update: DeLand Police have arrested the man suspected of robbing a DeLand Taco Bell and spraying an employee with chemical spray after he confessed to the crime after being arrested for robbing another Taco Bell in Palm Coast.

37-year-old Jason Klokow was arrested Wednesday morning in connection with a Palm Coast Taco Bell robbery. On November 15, Klokow led Flagler County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO) deputies on a two-county chase after the robbery. During the chase, he crashed into an FCSO deputy’s patrol car, injuring the deputy inside. More information about the chase can be found here.

Klokow later confessed to Tuesday’s DeLand Taco Bell robbery. Klokow was thought to have acted alone in the DeLand incident, and there are no further arrests expected, according to DeLand Police.

(Klokow’s mugshot courtesy Volusia County Jail)

Earlier Reporting:

DeLand Police are looking for the man who reportedly robbed a DeLand Taco Bell and sprayed an employee with a chemical spray.

Police responded to the Taco Bell at 1501 N. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand just after 1:30 AM on Tuesday. Employees reported that a white man in his 30’s pulled up to the drive-through window and handed an employee, Jo Ann Escamilla, a note with writing on both sides. Police reports say that after receiving the note, Escamilla handed the suspect the cash drawer. The man then sprayed Escamilla with a chemical spray.

Escamilla was treated at the scene for chemical contamination and then transported to Florida Hospital DeLand to be treated, according to police reports.

A store manager, Samantha Skinner, reported that she saw the incident occur and that she believed the suspect was driving a Honda with the tag removed. She ran to the front of the store to try to keep track of the vehicle and stated that she saw the vehicle drive off east on E. International Speedway. The suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of cash in the cash drawer.

Photo courtesy Susan Montgomery and

Copyright Southern Stone Communications 2017.


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