DADE CITY — A 25-year-old man wanted in connection with the attempted robbery of a taxi driver in Lakeland turned himself in late Wednesday night after being prompted by his mother, according to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.
Edner Dely of Dade City was wanted on Polk County arrest warrants for charges of attempted robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.
He was sought in the attempted armed robbery Monday night of a taxi driver at a Sunoco gas station at 2100 W Memorial Blvd. in Lakeland.
Early Monday morning, Polk deputies said Dely called a taxi to take him from Dade City to his girlfriend’s address in Lakeland. When they got there, the driver told Dely he could only accept cash. Dely and the driver stopped at an ATM, deputies said, so Dely could withdraw cash for his $98 ride.
When Dely came out of the store, he told the taxi driver he couldn’t get any money. He then took a small handgun from his right pocket, pointed it at the driver and demanded the driver give him everything he had, deputies said, but the driver told him he didn’t have anything. Dely then left.
Polk deputies went to the address that Dely gave the driver as his girlfriend’s home. But residents there told deputies they had recently moved in and didn’t know him.
Then at 9:20 p.m. Wednesday night, Pasco deputies and Dade City police officers went looking for Dely, who they heard was in the area. They found him inside a room at 16210 U.S. 301 and called him. Dely said he had recently left that location but wanted to turn himself in because his mother told him to do so. Dely ended up turning himself in that night.
He was arrested and booked into the Pasco County jail. He will eventually be returned to Polk County to stand trial.
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