Heather Crawford/First Coast News
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The robbery suspect in a SWAT callout earlier Wednesday afternoon at the Cash Advance/Money Gram at 5436 Blanding Boulevard has surrendered, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.
Around 5:30 p.m., the suspect surrendered with his hands free, leaving his gun inside the store.
103rd Street between Jammes and Blanding was blocked off due to the callout, but is now open. Traffic was very backed up in the area and several businesses were evacuated, including Applebee's, which is now reopened.
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According to witnesses who were in a cellphone store next door, they heard a woman scream around 2:30 p.m. Police said they got a call around this time from someone inside the Cash Advance/Money Gram to report the robbery.
Employees of the cellphone store ran out and saw the woman, who motioned with her eyes that she needed help.
Police arrived and 20 minutes later, witnesses saw two women run out of Cash Advance. Police said that these were the two other individuals who were in the store with the suspect. He let them go unharmed.
Witnesses said the suspect, who was trying to rob the store, had a bag full of money and police were on a loudspeaker telling the person to come out of the ceiling. During the incident, a helicopter was flying overhead to make sure the suspect was not on the roof.
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