Man accused of robbing Food Mart clerk with cattle prod arrested

Lance M. Tomberlin
Posted at 1:21 PM, Jan 09, 2013
and last updated 2013-01-09 08:48:57-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.-- Leon County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a man accused of robbing a convenience store clerk with a cattle prod.

Sheriff's officials say the robbery happened at 9:06 p.m. on January 2, 2013. A white male reportedly entered the Food Mart on Apalachee Parkway, pulled out a cattle prod, and demanded money from the clerk. 

The suspect shocked the clerk several times before the clerk pulled out a handgun and challenged him.

Witnesses say the suspect tried to run away, but another employee jumped in and attempted to restrain him. The suspect tried to hit the employee with the cattle prod, and was able to flee the scene in a dark-colored Dodge truck. However, this wasn't before another witness deflated his tires.

Responding deputies stopped the Dodge truck, but the suspect ran off on foot. Even though they couldn't find the suspect, they identified him 26-year-old Lance M. Tomberlin.  He was arrested, six days later, on January 8.

Tomberlin faces charges of armed robbery and aggravated battery.