UPDATE 3:45 pm: The Escambia County Sheriff's Office served an warrant for robbery and battery on Vincent Lavon Johnson this afternoon for a robbery that occurred May 28 at Happy Nick's Store on Palafox Street.
According to a press release from the sheriff's office, after entering the store, Johnson is said to have punched a store employee, knocking her to the ground, when she asked what he needed. He then grabbed cash from the register before fleeing the store, the press release said.
Pensacola News Journal: Pensacola Police have arrested a man who punched a pregnant woman in the face Wednesday afternoon while robbing a business, a news release from the Pensacola Police Department said.
Vincent Lavon Johnson, 41, was taken into custody around 8:15 a.m. today at his home in the 3000 block of North Roosevelt Street, the release said. Surveillance footage from the Boost Mobile store on Bayou Boulevard captured Johnson entering the store, walking up to the counter, punching a 35-year-old female employee in the face, emptying the cash register and fleeing the scene with cash and a stolen phone.
The victim suffered a broken nose and required treatment at a local hospital.
After video of the incident was released, a tipster reportedly told Police investigators to look for Johnson in the around North Roosevelt Street. Shortly after 7 a.m., an officer spotted Johnson running in the neighborhood, and a K-9 unit was able to track Johnson to a home.
Johnson was charged with felony battery, strong-arm robbery and burglary. He has a lengthy history of arrests for forgery and grand theft dating back to 1990, according to court records.
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