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Okeechobee armed robbery suspect caught after hours long manhunt in Martin County

Posted at 6:55 PM, Sep 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-19 18:55:25-04

After searching for nearly twelve hours, law enforcement authorities in Martin County finally caught the man accused of an armed robbery in Okeechobee County.

Deputies with the Martin County Sheriff's Office arrested 36-year old Sherman Lee Bryant Monday morning.

Bryant is accused of an armed robbery in Okeechobee County at a Shell gas station around 11 p.m. Sunday night.

Authorities say Bryant then drove more than ten miles, crossing county lines, to J & S Fish Camp in Indiantown.

Terrie Birkett is the owner of the typically quiet camp. She said she didn't get any sleep Sunday night because of the search efforts underway in her community. Authorities with the Martin County Sheriff's Office, Okeechobee County Sheriff's Office, Department of Corrections Bloodhound Team and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

"They told me to go home and lock my doors. There was somebody who was out here in the camp who had robbed someone in Okeechobee and they thought he was armed," Birkett said.

Authorities searched through thick brush and scorching temperatures to finally find Bryant on a 23 acre property in Martin County.

"They weren't leaving till he came out of there," Birkett said.

According to the Martin County Sheriff's Office, Bryant was due in court Monday for a gun charge. He was already facing twenty years in prison.

He's now facing escape charges in Martin County and faces even more charges in Okeechobee County.

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