Nabbed: A 32-year-old male transient was arrested Thursday and charged in a brazen lunchtime armed robbery of King Restaurant in Ormond Beach earlier this week, according to a report from the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.
Dwayne Maynard was taken into custody and remained behind bars Friday at the Branch Jail on no bail. He was also charged for a parole violation in a separate burglary case.
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As per the report, Maynard entered the Chinese restaurant during the lunch rush from an open rear door. He allegedly pointed a black handgun at the owners, a husband and wife, and demanded the money in the cash register, about $700.
"The couple was frightened for their lives," read the report on the VCSO Facebook page.
Since the brazen daylight robbery, sheriff's detectives were scouring the area for the suspect's vehicle shown on surveillance video from the scene, a 2002 silver Mitsubishi four-door with a rear spoiler.
Thursday, they got their break, when Deputy Jim Greene spotted a car matching the description at the Econo Lodge at US1 and I-95 in Ormond Beach.
The vehicle also matched a description of one seen earlier in the day at an armed robbery at a Melbourne pharmacy.
Maynard, the registered owner of the car, was arrested without incident at the hotel. A search of the suspect's room and car revealed "several pieces of evidence," including 122 prescription narcotic tablets.
The suspect is also linked to at least one other armed robbery in Brevard County.
Maynard faces three felony charges in the Ormond Beach robbery: robbery with a firearm, use of a firearm or deadly weapon during the commission of a felony, and grand theft. Detectives expect additional charges to be filed in the investigation.