A Saturday morning crime spree starting in Leon County ended when two suspects were finally stopped by a FHP trooper and a Calhoun County Sheriff’s deputy four miles east of the Bay County line.
Information released by the Leon County Sheriff’s Office stated Carlester Fryson, 31, entered the Dollar General on Hwy. 20(near Fort Braden School) around 10 a.m. Saturday morning. He displayed a semi-automatic handgun and forced the store manager out of her office to the front customer service area. Fryson struck the store manager twice with the handgun then struck another clerk twice with the gun. Fryson reportedly held the gun to the right side of the clerk’s face and fired a round. Neither of the women were injured by the gunshot.
Fryson demanded cash and after receiving it fled to a vehicle where Brittany Nutter, 18, was waiting for him. A few minutes later, deputies reported, the suspects carjacked a woman near the Bloxham Cutoff, forced her out of the vehicle at gunpoint and struck her several times with the weapon in the head and face.
Fryson and Nutter continued west on Hwy. 20 in separate vehicles.
Fryson was speeding through Bristol when he struck a Ford Mustang driven by Tammy O’Bryan of Bristol at the intersection of Hwy. 20 and Hwy. 12. O’Bryan escaped with minor injuries. According to eyewitnesses, Fryson’s vehicle overturned several times coming to rest upright in the highway.
Nutter pulled up next to Fryson’s vehicle and helped him to the truck she was driving and they sped away.
Liberty County deputies, who were in pursuit, suspended their chase to assist the accident victim.
When the suspects reached Blountstown, the pair tried to purchase a car across from the courthouse but were spooked when a Blountstown Police officer, who knew nothing of the situation drove up across from where they were.
The pair drove on through Blountstown and stopped at the west end of town where Fryson approached a man and asked to use his cell phone. Fryson took the phone and they continued driving west on Hwy. 20.
Just 4 miles from the Bay County line, a FHP trooper and a Calhoun County Sheriff ’s deputy stopped the truck.
Several troopers later arrived along with Sheriff Glennn Kimbrel and the pair was transported to the Calhoun County jail.
Fryson is being charged with armed robbery with discharge of a firearm, armed carjacking, five counts of aggravated battery, and multiple other charges. Nutter is being charged with armed robber with discharge of a firearm, armed carjacking, and five counts of aggravated battery. They also face charges in Calhoun and Liberty Counties. A bag with an undisclosed amount of cash was found in the vehicle.