Man who robbed store clerks to remain in jail

Posted at 5:20 PM, Apr 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-27 19:21:55-04

The man who police say terrorized store clerks between Haines City and Kissimmee will remain in jail without bond.

Clemente Gandy appeared before a judge Wednesday in a wheel chair, still recovering from injuries suffered when his car crashed at the end of a police chase on Friday.

Gandy is accused of robbing at least seven convenience store clerks at gunpoint in a week's span.

He told the judge Wednesday that he will hire his own attorney.

Meanwhile, his victims are breathing a sigh of relief.

"I'm sleeping a little bit better," said Rakesh Rachacondo, after hearing of his arrest on Friday. "I'm lucky. God saved my life."

Rachacondo still gets flashbacks to the near-deadly encounter he had with Gandy less than a week ago. In case he ever forgets, bullet holes in the trash and floor will remind him.

Surveillance video shows the moment police say Gandy stormed into his store and demanded cash, even firing off three rounds when the clerks thought he was kidding.

This robbery happened less than 24 hours after another one just down the road.

"After the robbery here the next day, I was scared to open the store, you know? It's too hard to do business like that," he said.

Clemente has faced a judge several times before. In fact, he's a convicted felon who just got out of jail earlier this year on drug charges and a D-U-I.

Investigators said they are still trying to figure out the motive and what caused him to be so violent.