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Juvenile accused of robbing gas station

— A juvenile has been arrested in connection with a robbery of a gas station clerk Wednesday evening, according to a press release.

Jalen Dandre Williams, 17, 23 N. Prospect Ave., Avon Park, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office and charged with robbery without a firearm, possession of more than 20 grams of marijuana and violation of probation.

The robbery occurred around 10 p.m. at the Shell gas station, 998 U.S. 27, Avon Park, and the clerk received minor injuries, the press release said.

Following the robbery, deputies saw video of it and identified the perpetrator as Williams, the release said.

Subsequently, they went to his address and arrested him.

The investigation is continuing.

Anyone with information is requested to contact the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit and Detective Hank Smith at (863) 402-7382 or (863) 402-7250. Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at (800) 226-TIPS(8477) or go to www.heartlandcrimestoppers.com. Anonymity is guaranteed.