Fugitive arrested for home invasion, shooting in Manatee

March 21, 2013 

— Two people were arrested this week in a home invasion robbery where the victim was shot earlier this month in Bradenton, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Brittany Choquette, a featured fugitive, was arrested Thursday on charges of home invasion and attempted felony murder.

The charges are linked to an incident that happened March 6 in the 5100 block of 51st Lane West.

Deputies responded to Blake Medical Center where the victim drove himself, and his two young children, after he was robbed and shot at his home, according to a report. Deputies found evidence of a shooting at the home, according to the sheriff’s office.

The victim was released from the hospital on March 10 and interviewed by deputies.

The victim explained that he may have been set up by his roommate’s girlfriend, Choquette. She had allegedly seen her boyfriend give him a large sum of cash earlier of the day, meant to be used as start-up money for a scooter business, according to her arrest warrant.

Choquette allegedly returned to the home later with two male suspects who were armed, according to a report.

The victim was allegedly threatened and beaten with fists and firearms.

“According to the victim, Brittany, using a .22 caliber handgun, fired at point blank range into his neck,” Choquette’s’ warrant states. “After being shot in the neck, the victim took the suspects into his bedroom and removed $30,000 in cash that he had stashed inside some printers.”

The victim hands were tied with a belt. His two children were home during the incident.

Brad Combs is also charged with home invasion. A third suspect has not been charged.

Coquette and Combs are being held without bond at the Manatee County jail.

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