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Daytona Police arrest man in holdup case after rescuing him from car fire

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Daytona Beach Police arrested a Palm Coast man Friday after he was trapped in a car fire following a reported hold-up. A report on the Daytona Beach Police website says 35-year old Eric Scott Riddle entered the Ice House at 301 West International Speedway Boulevard at 12:42 Friday afternoon. Police say Riddle produced a handgun (later found to be a pellet gun) and told the store owner, “This is a robbery.” The store owner, however, also produced a handgun and shot at Riddle three times.

Suspect trapped in burning car after accident

Police say Riddle then fled without any money from the store in a brown Honda Civic, and Daytona Beach Police Officers spotted him at ISB and Martin Luther King Boulevard. During the pursuit that followed, police say Riddle drove southbound on Keech Street, until he reached the end of Keech Street at South Street. Police say Riddle then continued south over a curb and drove through a chain-link fence at the Daytona Beach City Yards complex. Riddle’s car then hit a tree, flipped over onto the driver’s side trapping Riddle in the car, and caught on fire. However, Daytona Beach Police Officers were able to put out the fire, push the car back on its wheels, and pull Riddle out of the vehicle. The Daytona Beach Fire Department also responded to the scene. Riddle was transported to Halifax Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Daytona Beach Police say a pellet gun - a replica of a semi-automatic handgun - was found inside the car. The store owner told police that Riddle had pulled the trigger, but the gun did not fire. Police said Riddle would be charged with Armed Robbery and Fleeing and Eluding.

Click here to visit the Daytona Beach Police website.

Click here to view a video of the hold-up at the Daytona Beach Police You Tube site.

You can contact this writer at mroyer5@yahoo.com

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