By Rhonda Parker
St. Augustine – The Facebook page of a 22 year-old man who is the suspect under arrest for two early morning convenience store robberies earlier this week shows a troubled young man who had recently overdosed on drugs and had to be on life support.
Following the arrest on Wednesday of David Wayne “Phaze” Crnkovich, of 1465 San Juline Circle, St. Augustine, worried comments were posted on Facebook from friends and relatives.
Crnkovich is facing one felony charge of robbery, with more charges pending while police continue to investigate the second robbery. Bond is set at $50,000.
On Wednesday afternoon just prior to his arrest, Crnkovich posted on his Facebook page, “I want to apologize to my family, for all the pain and sleepless nights I put y’all through when I overdosed. The ones who came and seen me on life support, that had to be hard. I just, have to get it off my chest and say, I apologize. I promise to make you all proud, and I’m on the right path now. I’ll do this for you, but mostly, for myself. I love you all, and you know who you are…”
He posted later that afternoon, “It’s like, you know. I got to reach inside myself and find that me that wants to do better and wants to stay free and cares about being out here, you know. Because theres (sic) a part of me thats just so hungry he’ll do whatever to make sure everyones straight and sometimes it’s hard to hold that dude back. I’m sure you can relate, right?”
His Facebook page also says Crnkovich is originally from Augusta, Georgia: Facebook profile David “Phaze” Crnkovich
In-store video surveillance and descriptions by store clerks were used to help police nab Crnkovich, who appears on the videos with black boxer shorts showing above his pants.
According to police, in the early morning hours of November 28, Crnkovich is the man who entered the Kangaroo Express store located at 800 South Ponce de Leon Boulevard and crouched down near the counter with his white tee shirt pulled over his head.
When the man stood up, the clerk told police that he demanded the money from one of the cash registers, patted his right pants pocket, and said, “This is a robbery.”
The clerk told police the man then said, “This is a gun. Don’t make me use it.”
The clerk surrendered all of the bills in the register; which has since been reported to be less than $100.
At around 6:30 a.m. the same morning, a second robbery occurred at the Lil’ Champ convenience store, located at 123 King Street. Based on the surveillance video and witness accounts, police believe Crnkovich is also the likely suspect in this robbery but the case is still under investigation.
As of Friday afternoon, Crnkovich has not yet bonded out and is still being held in the St. John County jail.
Crnkovich booking report from SJCJ log: http://www.sjso.org/inmate_search_warrants.aspx