ESTO — An escaped convict from Delaware, who was arrested following an eight-hour standoff with police in Brevard County, is suspected of being responsible for the armed robbery of the Express Lane in Esto on Jan. 7.
Kenneth Edward Wood, 40, is suspected of the Esto robbery, according to a Holmes County Sheriff’s Office report.
Wood escaped from Sussex County, Del., authorities where he had been convicted on sexual battery charges, and he is also a suspect in two armed robberies in Alabama and one in Taylor County, according to a report from Taylor County Sheriff Wayne Ivey, published on the website floridatoday.com.
Holmes County investigators responded to the Express Lane in Esto on an armed robbery report on Jan. 7. When they arrived the clerk said that a white male had produced a handgun and demanded money. After taking the money from the clerk the man fled on a gold color GMC pickup truck.
Surveillance video from the store provided video of the robbery and the truck. The truck was later determined to be stolen from Covington County, Ala., according to the report.
Holmes County Sheriff’s Office were advised by Alabama authorities that a store in Geneva had also been robbed earlier by a suspect of the same description.
On the morning of Jan. 8, authorities in Taylor County responded to a similar robbery and subsequently chased the suspect in the GMC pickup, who fled on foot.
At that time authorities believed the suspect to be Wood.
Wood reportedly had friends and family in Brevard and officials tracked him to a mobile home park, where the police surrounded the trailer in which Wood was hiding. The SWAT team was called out, and Wood eventually surrendered.
He was arrested on the outstanding warrant from Delaware for escape after conviction, but more charges are expected.