Man shot and killed in attempted coin store robbery had warrant out for his arrest

5:22 PM, Jun 11, 2012   |    comments
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NEW PORT RICHEY, Florida -- The 25-year-old who was shot and killed while allegedly trying to rob Justice Coins actually had a warrant out for his arrest.

The Pasco County Sheriff's Office says Jacob Sanborn violated probation just months after providing false information to a pawn shop.

On Monday, the owner of Justice Coins was cleaning up near the spot where 25-year-old Sanborn collapsed. Just a day earlier, Wayne Justice had opened the store for him. Sanborn had been a customer there before.

"Apparently the suspect made communication with the store owner to meet him there that morning to possibly sell some items," says Kevin Doll with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Instead, deputies say, Sanborn threatened Justice with a knife.

"The suspect did cut the business owner in the head," Doll says, adding that the injuries were minor.

But the consequences for Sanborn were serious. He was shot in the chest. He had a warrant out for his arrest at the time, and had faced past charges relating to drugs, giving false information and robbery. The robbery charge was from 2007 in Hillsborough County.

"At this point, it looks like it's just a simple case of an attempted robbery and the store owner defending himself in the act," Doll says.

And because of that, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office doesn't anticipate any charges will be filed against Justice, though that will ultimately be left up to the State Attorney's Office.  

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