58-year-old arrested after passing note demanding cash to Publix employee

A 58-year-old DeLand man was arrested on Wednesday after he allegedly passed a note to a Publix employee demanding cash and indicating he had a gun.

According to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office, the incident took place on Tuesday, December 20 at a Publix in Deltona. During that incident, Steven N. Williams allegedly passed a note to the employee, who did not comply.

Williams left the grocery store shortly thereafter. Police were tipped off to the incident and a short time later, a license plate reader in DeLand caught the suspect’s tag.

Deputies converged on the area and attempted to stop Williams before he fled the traffic stop and led them on a chase. Williams struck multiple stop sticks during the chase before stopping along E New York Avenue in DeLand.

According to court records, Williams has been arrested at least a dozen times in the past 20 years. For this most recent incident, Williams is facing multiple felony charges, including robbery with a firearm, fleeing or attempting to elude police, and violation of probation, among others. He is currently being held at the Volusia County Jail on no bond.

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