MANATEE — A driver making a delivery to a local Publix grocery store this morning had a gun put to his head in a robbery that led to a car chase and a crash involving a deputy’s patrol vehicle, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.
At 4:21 a.m., the 42-year-old victim told deputies he was making a delivery to a Publix, in the 6000 block of 14th Street West, when a man jumped into his trailer and put a gun to his head and demanded money.
The robber snatched the delivery driver’s wallet and sped off in a Toyota Camry, the sheriff’s report said.
Deputies located the car and attempted to make a traffic stop in the 1300 block of 39th Avenue West, but the driver sped off. The driver tried to turn around the car at a dead end, but was trapped by a deputy and rammed into the front of a sheriff’s patrol car head-on, causing $1,500 damage.
Neither the driver or deputy in the patrol car were injured, but the Toyota had to be towed from the scene. Deputies searched the car and found a gun and numerous pills that appeared to be the drug Ecstasy, according to the sheriff’s report.
The delivery driver robbed at gunpoint was brought to the scene and identified the driver as the man who robbed him. Deputies arrested Dwight Vincent Yarn, 25, of Palmetto, on charges of armed robbery, aggravated battery with a motor vehicle on a law enforcement officer, fleeing to elude, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a controlled substance.