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Posted: August 10, 2016

Jacksonville man arrested for armed robbery at Clay County auto parts store

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A man law enforcement considers dangerous is off the streets after a search that spanned three counties.

Ricky Barker was arrested in Duval County Wednesday afternoon.

He is being held at the Clay County jail on no bond for an armed robbery at an auto parts store.

Officers believe he is responsible for armed robberies at Advance Discount Auto Parts in Clay County Sunday and Advance Auto Parts in St. Johns County Tuesday.

And this isn’t Barker’s first time in trouble with the law.

Action News Jax did some digging and found out he was arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office at least 18 times on various crimes dating back to 2003.

His charges range from possession of marijuana to domestic battery.

Taso Alimonos was in Clay County at the auto parts store on Sunday and he said he went to pick up some oil but walked right into an armed robbery.

"The guy in front of me just fell on the ground, I said 'what's wrong with this guy.' Then I heard 'get down it’s a robbery,'" Alimonos said.

He was then forced to go to the back of the store and into the bathroom.

"Oh man, this guy got a gun he's going to start shooting or something, so I didn't do anything, but go in the back," Alimonos said.

The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office is now considering Barker a person of interest because of the similarities in both robberies.

Alimonos said he is thankful for a quick arrest.

"He don't need to be doing stuff like that. Like I said, he could have started shooting over here," Alimonos said. 

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