Stuart Police Department arrests armed robbery suspect after lengthy manhunt

Chalin Christopher Merrihew (Source: Stuart Police)

Florida Outdoors RV Center reported being robbed at gunpoint by a suspect brandishing a pistol, August 2, at approximately 4:49pm.

The suspect held employees at gunpoint and stole handfuls of keys for RV’s at the dealership with intentions of stealing an RV.

The victims reported that the suspect grabbed one of the employees and pressed the muzzle of the pistol against his head while being dragged across the floor.

Chief Dyess followed up on an earlier suspicious person call near the armed robbery location and found the suspect description matched.

Chief Dyess found some evidence tying the suspicious person to the armed robbery.

Detectives were able to get video images from the suspicious person call.

After a nearly four hour manhunt, Stuart Police Officer Bill McGighan found the suspect’s vehicle parked at a gas station.

Chalin Christopher Merrihew, 41 years old out of Orlando, Florida was arrested for Armed Kidnapping, Armed Robbery with Firearm with additional charges are pending.

Merrihew was transported to the Martin County Jail.

The diligent citizens that reported the suspicious person and the surrounding neighbors who assisted with videos should be commended for their vigilance.

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