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Arrests made in Chattahoochee robbery

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By Alice Du Pont

Gadsden County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested three Liberty County people in connection with the robbery of the Jai-Alai Shell station at the Chattahoochee Interstate-10 exit last week.

Two juveniles, Ricky Mitchell, 15, and Carlton Hall, 17, are under secured detention at the Juvenile Detention Center in Tallahassee on charges of felony armed robbery. A female accomplice, 18-year-old Hillary Harrigill, is out of jail after posting bond.

Lt. Jim Corder of the GCSO said Hall and Mitchell entered the convenience store wearing ski masks around 9:45 p.m. Thursday night. It is unclear which one of the men carried a 22-caliber pistol but the clerk was knocked to the floor, the cash register was opened and $250 was taken, along with two boxes of cigars.

"When they ran out of the store the clerk called 911 and the trio was intercepted by deputies at Flat Creek Road and State Road 12. Deputies began chasing the suspects, (and speeds during the chase reached) as high as 80 miles per hour through western Gadsden County and into Liberty County," Corder said.

Because of the wet roads, the chase was discontinued and Liberty County authorities were alerted to look out for the vehicle. The wrecked car was located in the Sweetwater Community in Liberty County around 11 p.m. There were no occupants in the car and K-9 units from the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office, the Florida Department of Corrections and the Blountstown Police Department were dispatched to begin a ground search. Mitchell was tracked down a short time later and he led officers to Hall.

"Hall's father actually came walking up to the scene and when we told him we were looking for his son, he said he would have him over here the next day and he did," said Corder.

The State Attorney’s Office will seek to have Mitchell and Hall stand trial as adults, Corder said. Harrigill, he said, turned herself in and is coorperating with the investigation but charges against her are pending.

"The successful outcome is due to good, aggressive, heads-up work from our uniform patrol division which never gave up, and the help of the surrounding departments," Corder said.