Trio arrested, one suspect at large in armed robbery at Evans Prairie

Armed robbery at Evans Prairie

Melinda Brown

Armed robbery at Evans Prairie

Latorya Brown

Three suspects have been arrested in connection with an armed robbery one week ago at Evans Prairie Country Club in The Villages.

A fourth suspect is at large and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

The armed robbery took place at 1:30 a.m. June 16.

Armed robbery at Evans Prairie

Keithen Rawlings

Armed robbery at Evans Prairie

Marcus Cortuz Johnson

The manager on duty told investigators from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office he was leaving work when one of the suspects approached him with a gun demanding the deposit money.

An investigation led to warrants for four suspects, three of whom were employees or past employees of Evans Prairie Country Club:

• Melinda Michelle Brown, 40, of Leesburg, was arrested Friday at Evans Prairie Country Club on a Sumter County warrant charging her with conspiracy to commit robbery.

• Latorya Monique Brown, 32, of Leesburg, was arrested in Lake County on a Sumter County warrant for conspiracy to commit robbery.

• Keithen Jamar Rawlings, 22, of Leesburg, was arrested in Lake County on Sumter County warrants charging him with robbery with a firearm and conspiracy to commit robbery

• At large is Marcus Cortuz Johnson, 30, of Leesburg, who is wanted on Sumter County warrants charging him with robbery with a firearm and conspiracy to commit robbery. Johnson was not an employee at Evans Prairie Country Club.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is encouraged to contact Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (1-800-423-8477).

This investigation is ongoing.

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Comments

  1. Toni Signoretti says

    It’s a shame that folks posting their comments are subjected to the kind of rudeness I’ve read as I’ve followed this thread. Being a former NJ/NY citizen, the crime rate here is a pittance to other places in America. This particular robbery reeks of “inside job”, so I’m glad they caught the alleged perpetrators. Time, investigation, and a fair trial will tell most of the story. I do feel compassion for the relatives and friends of those accused… this kind of notoriety hurts everyone connected to these identified people. It’s my assumption that someone with an IQ that’s under room temperature will make some terribly unkind remark regarding my post. It’s sad that respect for others opinions have disintegrated to the point of name calling.

  2. Michael Connelly says

    I hear you all saying those arrested get what they deserve but before you point fingers and assume get to know the real story first because let that be your picture blasted in the news you would be highly upset with how it is being handled especially if you had nothing to do with it

    Sincerely a concerned family member,

  3. george c parrott says

    Mike the best way is to blow them away at the scene. The world would be better off without the trash that lives in these two places.

  4. RICHY KAMMARADA says

    I ENJOY THE VILLAGE NEWS.COM
    HATS OFF TO LAW ENFORCEMENT
    I GREW UP IN NEW YORK CITY A SMALL TOWN OF APPROX 9,000,000 PEOPLE AND THE CRIME RATE WAS ASTRONOMICAL. I AM A VERY HAPPY CONTENTED VILLAGE RESIDENT.
    WE SHOULD ALL BE HAPPY TO BE IN PARADISE AND STOP POSTING ARROGANT REMARKS TO ANY ONE GIVING THERE OPINION.
    I THINK WE NEED A GROUP HUG

    • Bruce Skewes says

      “Innocent until proven guilty” is known as a “legal fiction.” A person may in fact be guilty, but the legal system has not yet declared him guilty. That does not mean he is truly innocent.

  5. Richard St. Amant says

    Good job the police did.

    Now, the Lake County court system may find reason to set them free with the admonition of
    “try not to do this again” as I have experienced from judges in the juvenile system when the offending parents did not do their “case work” .

    A former, and disgusted Guardian Ad Litem volunter.

    Richard

  6. Jim Radatz says

    It is sad when you think someone is attempting to live a responsible life and find out that they were not only fooling you, but themselves. May they all get what they so much deserve, as they so strongly disgraced themselves and caused finger pointing amongst others that are attempting to live a responsible life.

    • Michael Connelly says

      Before you try to belittle someone know all the facts of the story instead of going by what the news is telling you because you will be dumb founded on the truth be an adult and stop putting your 2 cents into other people’s business.

  7. Dennis Black says

    Do these former employees in these kind of robberies not know that they’d be the first ones checked out? Or are they that stupid? Anyways great work by law enforcement.

  8. Randy Marquardt says

    Give credit to the police down here. I’ve been monitoring the crimes going back to last fall. I’m absolutely amazed at the “catch” rate of criminals here versus where we used to live. Great job!!

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