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Oasis Car Wash employees arrested for armed robbery, kidnapping

Posted at 1:10 PM, Aug 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-03 09:33:54-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Two men are facing charges after police say they forced their way inside the victim's hotel room, tied him up, and robbed him.

The Tallahassee Police Department has arrested Javon Owens and Brian Oliveri for kidnapping, armed robbery, and grand theft. 

According to a probable cause document, the victim had been familiar with Owens and Oliveri because they worked at the Oasis Car Wash on 2527 Apalachee Parkway, where he often gets his car detailed. 

The victim told police that while at his hotel room on Tuesday, he texted Oliveri to see if he wanted to come play cards with him.

Probable cause documents say that Oliveri responded that he would come over and the victim told him which hotel room he was in. 

However, when the victim opened the door around 10:30 p.m. to let Oliveri in, Owens came in as well. 

The victim said that once they were both in the room, the men tossed him a roll of duct tape and told him to tie himself up.

The documents state that the victim initially refused, but both pulled out black handguns and told the victim "tie yourself up or we'll shoot you." Out of fear, the victim said he started to comply, putting a layer of tape around his legs. 

Police write that after a while though, the victim tried to leave again, this time getting pushed and hit in the head with a hard object. 

Taking the victim's backpack, Oliveri and Owens left. The report says Oliveri returned moments later to punch the victim in the face.

When officers searched the hotel room, they found evidence of the assault. They also found a handgun magazine behind the room's door. 

The victim reported to officers that the men had taken his black backpack that had his cellphone, wallet, computer, tablet, and prescription medication in it. 

Surveillance video showed both Oliveri and Owens coming into the hotel through the front lobby door around 10:29 p.m. and leaving the hotel about five minutes later. Officers noted that when they came in the men didn't have any bags but left the hotel with a black backpack. 

Oliveri and Owens were arrested at Oasis Car Wash and were transported to the Leon County Jail where they remain behind bars.