Attempted abduction, robbery at gunpoint

Dania Fadeley is, to borrow a phrase from super spy 007, shaken not stirred.

A bartender for the past four years at The Brick Restaurant in the Shoppes of Avondale, Fadeley was robbed at gunpoint Oct. 17 after getting off work at 11 p.m.

Surveillance cameras captured the crime scene, showing two men racing toward Fadeley as she and a young male co-worker walked to her car.

Although she is shaken up by the crime and the loss of cash, credit cards and, initially, her cellphone, Fadeley resolutely returned to work behind the bar where she knows most of The Brick’s regulars. In fact, the newlywed met her husband at the restaurant while serving him as a customer.

Using the tracking function on her iPhone, Fadeley said police were able to retrieve it about a block away.

Despite the incident, Fadeley returned to work the next day. “It was better to stay busy, to keep my mind busy,” she said.

The two men who accosted Fadeley and her co-worker were described as African-American, in their 20s or 30s, and one man had a long goatee and carried a chrome pistol. After robbing Fadeley, they fled down Ingleside Avenue.

Fadeley said she tried not to look at their faces during the robbery, but later said the goatee may have been about two inches long, coming to a point.

Two men attempt child abduction in Ortega

Earlier the same day, in Ortega a 9-year-old boy on a bicycle was also accosted by two men driving a Ford SUV. He described the driver as having a goatee and a sleeve tattoo on his right arm.

According to a report filed by the boy’s father, two black males, approximate ages 40 to 50 years old, followed the boy for three blocks before offering candy, then the passenger reached out of the window in an attempt to grab him. The boy eluded the men by turning around and peddling in the opposite direction.

The vehicle, which has a Florida license plate beginning with the number 3, also has a dented passenger side panel and duct tape around the passenger side headlamp. It has been described as late model Ford Expedition of a bronze or copper color, but the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office released a child safety alert describing it as an early 2000 silver Ford SUV.

The same vehicle was captured on video in Ortega the following morning, Oct. 18, at 7:36 a.m.

To report suspicious activity or if you see the vehicle, call 630-0500, the non-emergency number for the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. If you see an actual crime in progress, call 911 right away.

By Kate A. Hallock
Resident Community News

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