Third robbery suspected arrested in Ozark

Published 7:22 am Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The third man suspected of robbing convenience stores in both Troy and Ozark last week is being held without bond in the Dale County Jail.

Eunique Equality La’Quan Brown, 17, surrendered to Ozark Police on Friday and was charged with first-degree robbery. “I think he was just tired of looking over his shoulder,” said Ozark Police Chief Tony R. Spivey.

Brown is charged with robbing the Liberty Store at the intersection of Lakeview Road and U.S. 231 in Ozark around 6:45 p.m. on Oct. 12. Brown is also a suspect in the Oct. 9 armed robbery of the ZTech store on U.S. 231 near Sanders Road in Troy. “We anticipate having charges against Eunique Brown here in Troy, as well,” said Troy Police Chief Jimmy Ennis.

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Two other men were arrested Thursday in Brundidge and charged with first-degree robbery in connection with the ZTech robbery. Steven Roseboro, 20, and Denzel Brown, 16, both of Ozark, were being held in the Pike County Jail on $75,000 bond each. The men are also suspects in a robbery in the Enterprise area, said Spivey, who added that the Ozark police plan to pursue charges against Roseboro in connection with the Liberty Store robbery.

Both Spivey and Ennis said surveillance video was key to identifying the suspects in these robberies.

“According to the clerk, a black male entered the establishment and picked up an item and came to the counter as if to make a purchase,” the chief said. “The suspect produced a handgun and demanded money from the clerk. The clerk complied with the suspect’s demands and the suspect was last seen fleeing the area on foot …

“Criminal investigators …. developed a suspect in the robbery after reviewing surveillance camera footage from the store.”

That robbery was just hours before Troy police released their own surveillance footage in connection with the ZTech robbery. In the footage, captured from a second ZTech store in the area, two suspects were clearly seen. Sgt. Benny Scarbrough said the suspects were captured on video in both ZTech stores the night and early morning of the robbery.

“The suspects didn’t try to mask their identity or anything,” Spivey said.

That video, and the Ozark identity, led to an intense search in Brundidge on Thursday and the eventual arrest of Roseboro and Denzel Brown. Ozark, Brundidge and Troy police, as well as Pike County Sheriff’s deputies, the Dale County Sheriff’s Department helicopter unit and Ventress Correction Facility’s K-9 Division all participated in the search on Thursday.

Some 24 hours after eluding the searchers, Eunique Brown surrendered to the Ozark police. After his arrest on Friday, Spivey said Eunique Brown “ gave investigators an admission to the crime.”

Ennis said the investigation into the ZTech robbery continues, as does the investigation into an Oct. 10 robbery outside the Texaco station on U.S. 87.

In that robbery, a clerk was accosted as he walked to his car outside the store after it closed. Police said he was struck on the head and a moneybag and his wallet were stolen. Police originally said they did not believe the two incidents were related. However, Ennis said Monday that the cases remain under investigation. “We’re not ruling out a connection, but we’re still investigating.”