DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) - A 51-year-old man is behind bars on first-degree robbery charge after authorities said he pulled a knife on a man and stole his money.
Daphne Police said Carlton Nero approached the victim inside the Target on Highway 98 in Daphne and asked for a ride.
“They started a conversation and Mr. Nero asked him for a ride that he needed to the south end of town. Once they were in the vehicle, Nero produced a knife and told him, 'Give me your money or I’ll cut your throat,’” said Cpl. Jason Vannoy.
Cpl. Vannoy said the victim had driven the suspect from Target southbound on Highway 98 and then began driving back.
He said that’s when the victim saw a state trooper and stopped in the middle of the road near Pickett Avenue.
“He was able to get out and flag down the state trooper. Then Mr. Nero jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot,” Vannoy said.
Vannoy said responding Daphne officers were able to chase down Nero around the parking lot of Precision Tune Auto and arrest him.
According to law enforcement, Nero isn’t a stranger to violent crimes. He was featured on FOX10 News in 2005 after being charged with rape.
Vannoy said Nero also has a history of felony theft and drug charges.
FOX10 couldn't reach the victim for comment but Vannoy said Nero took off from the vehicle with only around $70. Vannoy said Nero's previous criminal history and the first degree robbery charge could cause him to face up to life in prison.
Vannoy said it’s unfortunate the crime happened to the victim the way it did.
“Unfortunately, I think it probably taught him a lesson about being nice to people and giving them rides. I don’t think he’ll ever do that again,” said Vannoy.
Nero is being held in Baldwin County jail under no bond.
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