Sex assault suspect from Ponte Vedra killed by South Daytona officers

Published On: May 07 2014 12:50:42 PM EDT   Updated On: May 07 2014 08:57:35 PM EDT

A Ponte Vedra Beach man is dead after police in South Daytona say he sexually assaulted a woman and tried to rob a business.


A 28-year-old man that South Daytona police say had just held up a tanning salon and sexually assaulted a woman inside was shot and killed by officers on Tuesday afternoon.

Cheyene Pinkney was shot as he left the Hot Tans on Beville Road in South Daytona.

Police said the robbery was thwarted Tuesday afternoon after a woman inside pressed a silent alarm. When Pinkney spotted officers, he ran out of the back door and came into contact with a South Daytona police officer and a Daytona Beach police officer, officials said.

The officers fired at Pinkney, and he was taken to Halifax Hospital. Pinkney died at the hospital. No officers were injured, police said.

Police said before the robbery, Pinkney was asked to leave a massage business located next door to Hot Tans after the owner said Pinkney "creeped her out" as he asked for a massage.

The worker at the Kyoto Massage and Spa said that Pinkney came to her shop three times asking for a massage and felt that something wasn't right so she asked him to leave.

It's not clear if it was a verbal or physical threat that prompted police to shoot Pinkney, who has a long criminal history -- including charges of assault and battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence.  He also served four years in prison for a bank robbery in 2007.

The names of the two officers involved in the shooting have not been released and Florida Department of Law Enforcement will investigate.

A man who came out of Pickney's last known addresses in Ponte Vedra Beach who identified himself as the suspect's stepfather said his wife was grieving and they had no comment for the media.