1 dead after Flomaton armed robbery; other at large

Published 11:20 am Monday, September 14, 2015

One of the two men suspected in an armed robbery of the Flomaton Church’s Chicken Sunday is dead, and the search for the other remains ongoing.

Flomaton Chief Bryan Davis said early Monday morning that witnesses reported two black males entered Church’s, wearing some type of clothing covering their face – one with a blue hoodie and a small handgun; the other, a red hoodie. Both fled the scene on foot, he said.

Escambia County Sheriff Grover Smith said the suspects fled out of two separate doors and left in opposite directions.

“As Flomaton Police and Escambia County deputies responded to the scene, a report of a car diving without its lights on came through,” Smith said. “As deputies gave chase, the car traveled across the Florida line at a high rate of speed, where it later crashed into a tree in Baker, Fla. The occupant was killed on impact.”

Florida Highway Patrol identified the driver in the crash as 35-year-old Jeremy Montrell Elliott of Flomaton. Elliott, who was the vehicle’s only occupant, was not wearing a seatbelt.

Smith said the deputies followed the vehicle until Florida authorities could take over the chase; however, as standard protocol, an internal audit will be performed to review the day’s actions.

“Inside the vehicle, they found three pistols, two long guns, an assault rifle, magazines, a backpack filled with marijuana, meth, cocaine and pills, as well as a fair amount of cash,” Smith said. “It is unknown if the cash is related to the Church’s robbery.”

Units from Escambia County sheriff’s offices in Alabama and Florida assisted Flomaton set up a perimeter, while Century and Camp 5 k-9 units from Atmore assisted in the ground search for the two men.

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to contact the FPD at 251.296.5811.