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Sheriff’s Office arrests three teens after armed robbery of vape store

| Tony Judnich
Three teenage suspects in the armed robbery of a Mary Esther business are in custody, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office officials said in an Aug. 15 news release. Watercloud Vapes, at 300 Mary Esther Boulevard in the Santa Rosa Mall, was robbed at gunpoint around 4:20 p.m. on Aug. 14, S.O. officials said.
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The victim said two young Black males, later identified as 15-year-olds Jayden Darius Brooks of Crestview and Jaiden Tikell Grant of Niceville, entered his store and asked to see specific products in the rear of the store, S.O. officials said.


They said the victim walked into the back of the store and the subjects followed, and when the victim turned around Brooks displayed a gun with blue coloring and put it against his head, demanding cash.

When the victim replied he didn’t have any cash, he says Brooks became very agitated and searched his pockets, uttering threats to “Blow his head off,” according to S.O. officials.

They said Brooks then pulled the slide back on the gun, chambering a round, and Grant filled a box with about $3,000 worth of various brands of legalized THC vape products.


“Both defendants then ran out of the store and got into a vehicle operated by 18-year-old Chase Michael Davis of Crestview,” S.O. officials said. “All suspects were located and a Glock style handgun with blue coloring and another firearm were recovered from a home in Crestview. The distinctive clothing worn by Brooks during the robbery was also recovered along with some of the stolen products from the store.”


Brooks, who lives on Regent Road in Crestview, Grant, who lives on 2nd Street in Niceville, and Davis, who lives in the 300 block of Victory Lane in Crestview, face charges of armed robbery and grand theft. Additional charges are pending.

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