Florida couple jailed after Pumpkin Center holdup

Amy Ann Lucio, left, 28, of Felda, Fla., and Joel Enrique Rosario, 28, of Lehigh Acres, Fla., were arrested early Thursday.

A Florida couple was jailed Thursday after authorities say they tried to rob a Harlem convenience store and led police on a brief chase.

Joel Enrique Rosario, 28, of Lehigh Acres, and Amy Ann Lucio, 28, of Felda, are charged with armed robbery. Rosario also faces a charge of possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

A clerk at Pumpkin Center on Appling-Harlem Highway said the couple came into the store about 12:30 a.m. They collected a few items and brought them to the register, according to a Columbia County Sheriff’s Office incident report.

As the clerk rang up the items, he said Rosario pulled out a gun and demanded money from the safe. When the clerk said there was no store safe, Rosario fired at him. More customers came into the store and the couple ran out, sheriff’s Capt. Steve Morris said.

Two witnesses outside the store said they heard popping sounds and saw Rosario and Lucio leave in a dark-colored car headed toward Interstate 20. A deputy located the Geo Prizm on I-20 near Belair Road. They led authorities on a brief chase before they were apprehended in the parking lot of Lowe’s in Evans, Morris said.

Two patrol cars received minor damage, but no one was injured.

Deputies found a 2-year-old child curled up in the back seat. The child was taken to Medical College of Georgia Hospital for evaluation, Morris said. The Department of Family and Children Services was contacted.

Rosario and Lucio are being held in the Columbia County Detention Center without bond.

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