Volusia County, FL-Three suspects have been charged in the armed robbery at the Glenwood Grocery in DeLand Monday evening. VCSO says witnesses helped point them in the right direction.
The owner called 911 to report the robbery around 5:16 PM at the store on North Spring Garden Avenue. Two suspects wearing masks and gloves demanded money from the registers. One of them had a gun and threatened to kill him if he didn’t do as they demanded. One of the suspects came around the counter and began grabbing money. Then they ran from the store.
A witness outside the store at the time told arriving deputies the getaway car, a blue Mustang, went west on Glenwood Road. A woman who was following the getaway car called 911 to report where it was going. Deputies along the route talked to a man working in his yard who pointed them in the right direction. A short time later, deputies spotted the vehicle backing out of a driveway on Palm Terrace. Investigators say that’s where a pair of brother suspects actually live. That home is a little more than a mile from the crime scene. All three were taken into custody just after 5:30 PM.
The suspects are 19-year-old Chase Helms and 21-year-old Darien McDonald. Both charged with armed robbery. Helms is being held on no bond. Darien McDonald is held on $50,000 bond. 28-year-old Corey McDonald is accused of being the getaway driver. He is charged with being a principle to armed robbery and is held on $5,000 bond.
L to R-Chase Helms, Darien McDonald and Corey McDonald-photos from VCBJ
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