A masked gunman seen in intense surveillance video firing a shot into a Pasco County store ceiling has been arrested.
Deputies arrested 30-year-old John Foche early Wednesday morning at his home in Holiday.
The sheriff’s office says Foche is the man who walked into the Beacon Square Grocery in Holiday on Friday night wearing a gas mask, black ball cap and tactical vest.
According to an arrest report, Foche went into the store and pointed a pistol-grip shotgun at a customer and store clerk.
Deputies say Foche pointed the gun at the customer and made him give up his wallet. He then ran behind the counter, pointed the shotgun at the clerk and shoved him away so he could take cash from the register and a nearby drawer, according to the arrest report.
As Foche left the store, deputies say he fired a round from the shotgun and hit a modem plugged in near the store ceiling.
After releasing surveillance video of the incident on its Facebook page, the sheriff’s office found out there was another surveillance camera nearby that caught video of the 2003 Ford Expedition that was used in the robbery.
Deputies identified Foche as the owner, tracked him down and obtained a search warrant for his SUV and his home.
While searching the home, deputies found a pistol-grip shotgun, a black tactical vest, a gas mask and a black ball cap matching the items seen in the store’s surveillance video.
According to his arrest report, Foche told deputies he did drive his Ford in the area of the store around the time the robbery occurred but said he didn’t know anything about the crime. Deputies say he claimed he couldn’t remember where he went while it was happening.
Foche is facing charges for robbery with a firearm or deadly weapon.