Manatee man charged in attempted robbery

April 27, 2013 

— A Bradenton man was arrested Friday night after police say he attempted to rob relatives at gunpoint.

According to a Manatee County Sheriff's Office news release, Christian E. Tejeda, 20, went to a home in the 5000 block of First Avenue Drive West at about 10:35 p.m. and demanded money. When the victims said they had no money, an argument ensued and Tejeda pointed a handgun at one of the victims.

The victims later told deputies they were in fear of their lives and agreed to take Tejeda to an automated teller machine at a nearby bank, the release said.

The victims and Tejeda drove to the bank in separate vehicles. En route, the victims called 911, and Bradenton Police Department officers were waiting at the BB&T Bank, 5812 Cortez Road, when they arrived.

Police chased Tejeda's car until it crashed in the 2900 block of 59th Street West, where he was arrested, police said. Bradenton police charged Tejeda with traffic offenses related to the chase; the Manatee County Sheriff's Office charged Tejeda with attempted armed robbery and aggravated domestic assault, the release said.

There were no injures in the incident, the news release said.

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