Fort Pierce Taco Bell building damaged in armed robbery

FORT PIERCE, Fla. - Police say a man involved in an armed robbery in the parking lot of a Fort Pierce Taco Bell rammed his car into the fast food restaurant while attempting to flee the scene.

Police responded to the Taco Bell located at 1812 South U.S. Highway 1 around 10:30 p.m. Saturday in reference to an armed robbery resulting in property damage to a building.

Officers met with a man who said he had been sitting in his vehicle with his girlfriend getting ready to go inside of the restaurant when a car pulled up beside him. His girlfriend recognized the driver as an old co-worker, identified by police as Jordan Oliver.

According to an arrest report, Oliver asked if the two had a lighter and got inside of the couple's vehicle. Once inside, Oliver allegedly punched the male victim and took an undisclosed amount of money while another man got into the couple's vehicle to assist in the robbery. At one point, the male victim says Oliver pointed a gun at the couple.

Police say Oliver and a second man got out of the victim's vehicle and got back into their vehicle and attempted to leave. For unknown reasons, Oliver's car crashed into the side of the Taco Bell, causing an estimated $20,000 in structural damage. No one inside was injured during the crash but the building was deemed unsafe and condemned as a result. Police later took Oliver and a second man into custody. They both face armed robbery charges.

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