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Armed Homeowners Help Nab Serial Armed Robber

Originally ran in Florida Today as:
"Man held in series of Central Brevard robberies"
by Jennifer Ellis
May 21, 2002

Florida Today is a daily newspaper covering the East Central Florida area around Kennedy Space Center, Cocoa Beach, and Cape Canaveral. This story never made their website and was forwarded by a member who lives three blocks away from the scene.

ROCKLEDGE, FLORIDA -- The man accused of robbing several stores at gunpoint over the weekend will go before a judge this afternoon.

Clifford Hall, 37, of Cocoa has been charged with several counts of armed robbery after police said he robbed a Viera 7-Eleven convenience store, a Rockledge liquor store and a Cocoa hotel over the weekend.

Hall was arrested after an 18-mile pursuit by police that led to a car crash and foot chase. He then broke into a Canaveral Groves home, where he was held by the homeowners at gunpoint until police could arrive.

He remains at the Brevard County Detention Center in Sharpes awaiting his 1:30 p.m. court appearance.

Hall has a long history of armed robbery charges that stretches back over 13 years with a 1988 arrest and conviction on burglary and grand theft charges.

In 1989, Hall was charged with multiple counts of burglary, grand theft and forgery including one charge for which he should have received a life sentence. Hall apparently did not go to prison for long. Court records discovered by Florida Today show Hall was arrested by Cocoa police in 1995 on charges of aggravated battery with great bodily harm. The charges were later dropped.

He was issued a traffic citation in 1996 and charged with counts of battery-domestic violence in 1998 and 2001, respectively.

Last September, Hall was arrested for forging a prescription to fraudulently receive drugs.

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