Yulee, Fla. – The Nassau County Sheriff’s Office received information that a possible Jacksonville bank robbery suspect (Shawn Urian Elder, 38, from Jacksonville) may be in the area of 75004 Edwards Road, a multi-party duplex, in Yulee. A deputy responded to that location and observed a 2005 white GMC pickup truck with four occupants inside leaving the residence. The deputy then conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle. Once the vehicle was stopped a rear passenger (Elder) jumped out and ran into the woods behind the residence. NCSO tracked the suspect with their K-9 and eventually located him on I-95 south of State Road 200. Once the suspect was in custody he complained of chest pains so he was transported to UF Health in Jacksonville where he was arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office for Strong Armed Robbery.
Elder is suspected of robbing the Community First Credit Union on Merrill Road in Jacksonville. The bank teller said a man wearing a black shirt, dark shorts, construction vest, sunglasses and a white baseball cap walked into the credit union just before 1:45 p.m. Saturday, then gave her teller a handwritten note demanding cash. The teller gave him about $75 and he fled. Surveillance photos were posted of the man the next day, and First Coast Crime Stoppers received tips identifying him as Elders and saying he worked for a day labor company.
Investigators showed the surveillance photos to a manager at the day labor office Tuesday morning, who confirmed it was Elder. A supervisor at the Imeson Way site where Elder was scheduled to work also identified him through the photos and the baseball cap he wore.
When taken into custody by the Nassau County Sheriff’s Office he was wearing the same shorts and tennis shoes as seen on the person in the bank surveillance photos.