71-Year-Old Man Shoots Would-Be Robbers at Ocala Internet Cafe: Authorities

Two teens tried to rob customers inside, but Samuel Williams fought back

By Christina Hernandez
|  Thursday, Jul 19, 2012  |  Updated 9:10 AM CDT
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The Marion County Sheriff's Office said two teens tried to rob customers at the Palm Internet Cafe, but Samuel Williams wasn't having it. A witness and sheriff's office spokesman Judge Cochran describe the incident.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office said two teens tried to rob customers at the Palm Internet Cafe, but Samuel Williams wasn't having it. A witness and sheriff's office spokesman Judge Cochran describe the incident.

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Surveillance cameras captured a botched robbery that ended with both of the armed men shot. It wasn't what they expected when they walked into an Internet cafe Friday night in Ocala, Fla.

The Marion County Sheriff's Office said the two teens tried to rob the customers inside, but one man wasn't having it. In the video, you can see 71-year-old Samuel Williams fighting back.

"This guy kept popping. He didn't stop,” one witness who didn’t want to be named said. “He just kept popping, so I think he shot both of them and then they managed to get out of the door and started scrambling out the door, but we were so shocked. It happened so fast that we couldn't hardly move."

Williams was one of about 30 customers in the Palm Internet Cafe when the two suspects walked in. Because of him, everyone inside was safe. Those armed teens, one with a gun and one with a bat, were chased out the door. Both of them were shot.

"After he started firing, they took off,” sheriff's office spokesman Judge Cochran said. “They fell on top of each other trying to get out of the café."

Davis Dawkins, 19, and Duwayne Henderson, 19, stopped by the hospital on their way to jail.

Both face charges of attempted robbery with a firearm and felony criminal mischief. Dawkins was released from jail Sunday on $11,000 bond, while Henderson was released Tuesday on $31,000 bond, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

The sheriff's office said Samuel Williams has a concealed weapons permit, and will most likely not face charges thanks to Florida's Stand Your Ground law.

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