Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Meanwhile, in Florida

If you ride the NYC subway, you've probably have encountered teenagers selling candy "to money in their pockets" or for some "basketball team." Is this how they acquire those candies?
A man told Bradenton police he was robbed of 32 packages of Starburst candy at gunpoint at 8:41 p.m. Saturday in the 900 block of 19th Street Court East. The victim was walking south on 19th Street Court East, a black sedan pulled and three suspects jumped out and showed handguns, according to the the report. The suspects ordered the victim to the ground and told him to empty his pockets. After taking the candy, one of the suspects hit the victim in the back of the head with the handgun. The victim’s family took him to Manatee Memorial Hospital, according to the report.

source: Bradenton Herald
The Smoking Gun has some information on what happened next:
Law enforcement officials believe that the Starburst robbery was part of a weekend crime spree by three juveniles who were arrested early Sunday following a car chase that ended in a crash. The minors are suspects in a pair of carjackings, an attempted carjacking, two robberies, and the discharging of a weapon. Following the auto crash, police found a semi-automatic handgun on the rear floorboard of the vehicle, which was taken at gunpoint Saturday from a woman who was sitting in the car waiting for family members, according to a police report. One of the suspects, Jaquez Terion Eldridge, 16, has previously been arrested for the armed robbery of two fellow teenagers.

source: Smoking Gun

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