Lee robbed the Navarre Underwood Food Mart in November 2015
State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that Daniel Ferry Lee, III, 31 of Cantonment, entered a plea of Guilty to Robbery and Fleeing or Attempting to Elude Law Enforcement at High Speed. He was sentenced to 15 years in state prison as a Prison Releasee Reoffender.
On November 10, 2015, Lee entered the Underwood Food Mart in Navarre while holding a kitchen knife. He was wearing flip flops, and his clothing was covered by a large bl
ack garbage bag. His face was covered with a hoodie, a green costume mask, and a white bandana. Video surveillance later revealed that Lee was also wearing khaki shorts underneath the trash bag. Lee demanded that the clerk empty the cash register and give him a bag full of energy shots that were behind the counter. Lee left the store with $363 in cash and approximately $220 worth of energy shots. The entire robbery lasted less than one minute.
Lee entered a vehicle he had parked next to the store and quickly departed north on Highway 87. Law enforcement caught up with Lee as he approached I-10 and pursued him as he headed westbound on I-10. While on I-10, Lee threw multiple items from the vehicle. The garbage bag, which had arm holes cut out, and a white bandana were recovered along the interstate. Lee then exited I-10 at Ward Basin Road and headed south, but he came to a dead end and turned around. Lee was able to get back on I-10 but this time headed eastbound and was able to elude law enforcement. During all parts of the chase, Lee drove in excess of 100 mph.
Shortly thereafter, a suspicious vehicle without a tag and matching the description of Lee’s vehicle was reported abandoned behind a building in Holt. The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office located Lee walking along the side of Highway 90 in Holt and took him into custody. Lee was wearing flip flops and khaki shorts when he was arrested. He later admitted that a gray hoodie sweater located in nearby woods, which matched what was worn during the robbery, was his. Authorities also discovered that green pieces of fuzz, which appeared to match the green mask worn in the robbery, were located inside the hood of the gray sweater.
Lee was released from prison on 10/8/13, which under Florida Law qualifies him as a Prison Releasee Reoffender (PRR). In light of the PRR designation, Lee must serve the full 15 years of his sentence without the possibility of gain time.