Man Charged With Causing Highway 97 Wreck, Robbing Victim Of $8,000 In Casino Winnings

March 30, 2023

An Escambia County man has been charged with allegedly causing a wreck and then robbing a victim at gunpoint on Highway 97 in Davisville in December.

Edward Jerome Butler, Jr., 45, was booked into the Escambia County Jail this week on charges of armed robbery, aggravated assault on a person over age 65, grand theft, grand theft of a firearm, battery and fraudulent use of a credit card.

The victim left the casino in Atmore and traveled south into Florida. On Highway 97 near the Piggly Wiggly in Davisville, Butler deliberately rear-ended the victim’s vehicle, causing just minor damage, according to an arrest report. The victim stopped on the side of the road. Butler then approached the vehicle wearing a red hoodie and red shoes, opened the passenger door, pointed a gun at the victim, and told him to give him the money or he would shoot him, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said.

The victim attempted to draw his personal firearm to defend himself, but deputies said Butler took the victim’s gun away. Butler then forcefully grabbed the victim’s leg and pulled at his boot, which is where he was hiding his winnings from the Wind Creek Casino. Deputies said Butler took about $8,000 from the boot before fleeing with another unknown suspect in their vehicle.

About an hour later, Butler was seen entering a convenience store on Chemstrand Road in Pensacola and withdrawing $600 in three separate transactions from an ATM, the report states, along with $64 from another one of the victim’s other cards. Surveillance video showed the person withdrawing the money to be wearing a red hoodie.

The vehicle that left the convenience store was located in early January, and an ATM receipt was located inside that matched the victim’s account and the amount withdrawn, plus a $3 transaction fee. The owner of the vehicle said he picked up Butler, who paid him $20 for transportation.

Butler was arrested by the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office on March 17 and extradited to Escambia County where he remained in jail Thursday morning with bond set at $117,500.


9 Responses to “Man Charged With Causing Highway 97 Wreck, Robbing Victim Of $8,000 In Casino Winnings”

  1. Gun Safety on April 3rd, 2023 10:48 am

    Anne: “My father was a Police Officer years ago. He told me a gun is easily taken from a person not used to using a gun.”

    So with “constitutional carry” or “permitless carry”, and no training requirements at all, this is going to start happening more, and more criminals will acquire more guns in similar situations.

    I liked the permit to carry scenario, and even thought the training requirement should have been stronger.

  2. Master Mechanic on April 1st, 2023 12:36 am

    Nice MugShot Thug,he only cares about somebody else’s money,,,,,as long as he don’t have to work for it.
    Good Job Law enforcement

  3. Nikki on March 31st, 2023 7:41 am

    Glad everyone is ok. He’s a real winner!

  4. KK Cantonment on March 30th, 2023 1:44 pm

    I am not surprised at all about this story. Criminals know that people going in and out of casinos could have a wad of cash in their purse or on their person (more like having a cash wad on the way IN if you go to Windcreek!). Some gamblers are helpless elderly folks. If you win in a casino, watch your back!! And don’t be a target. Ask for a security escort to the parking lot when finding your car or ride. Windcreek does have security driving around. Thank you local law enforcement. You are all amazing.

  5. J.s on March 30th, 2023 11:52 am

    Thank god hes off the street now…..and I pray the law gets more of those kind of people that thinks they are all that with a gun….

  6. anne on March 30th, 2023 10:22 am

    So exactly how long did this Butler follow the victim? From the minute the victim won? My father was a Police Officer years ago. He told me a gun is easily taken from a person not used to using a gun. The man is lucky Butler didn’t use it on him. Please practice if you own a gun for protection.

  7. NavyDave on March 30th, 2023 9:05 am

    Bravo Zulu to the law enforcement that handled this case and arrested this fine, upstanding citizen. Hopefully he goes away for a long time.

  8. Susie on March 30th, 2023 8:28 am

    Ha! Glad they caught the filthy thief!

  9. Bill T on March 30th, 2023 8:15 am

    Now this guy needs to go straight to jail for a long time !!! This one don’t care about anything peroid common criminal!!!!

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