Robbery Suspect Leaves Courtroom Before Verdict

Antonio Gearing
(Volusia County Jail)

Daytona Beach, FL - A man being convicted for a 2018 store robbery ends up leaving the courtroom just before the jury delivers his guilty verdict.

And now 29-year-old Antonio Gearing is being hunted by federal, state and local law enforcement after a warrant was filed for his arrest.

According to the State Attorney's Office, it only took the jury around one hour and 30 minutes to return a guilty verdict. But when it came time to deliver, Gearing wasn't in the courtroom.

State Attorney R.J. Larizza said Gearing was supposedly seen on camera leaving with other males in a black SUV outside of the courthouse. He hasn't been seen since (July 16th).

"Federal, state and local authorities are actively searching for him," Larizza said. "He's presumed to be armed based on his history as this was an armed robbery."

That robbery Larizza is referring to is one that took place back on May 21st, 2018 at a Dollar General in Daytona Beach. There, Gearing was seen on camera holding a firearm to a cashier's head while he robbed the store.

He was caught less than a week later on May 28th.

When caught, Gearing faces a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison with no possibility of parole.

Anyone with information is asked to call law enforcement immediately.


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