Boy, 14, charged with using gun to rob 2 teens at G.T. Bray Park in Bradenton

July 26, 2013 

BRADENTON -- A 14-year-old boy was arrested after he used a gun to rob two teenagers at G.T. Bray Park, according to Bradenton police.

About 6:10 p.m. Thursday, the suspect approached the victims, ages 17 and 14, displayed a gun and demanded property. The victims handed over a cell phone and $60 in cash. The suspect also took one of the victim's mountain bike, according to a report.

Members of the Bradenton Police Department's patrol division and Casual Clothes Unit responded and canvassed the area with a description of the suspect.

"Withing 10 minutes of the robbery, investigators with the Casual Clothes Unit located a subject matching the description of the perpetrator standing outside a residence in the 4900 block of 22nd Avenue West, playing basketball, police said in a news release.

The victims identified the teen as the robber, police said. The juvenile was arrested and charged with armed robbery.

Officers executed a search warrant at a residence in the 4900 block of 22nd Avenue West, an the cash, along with clothing matching that worn by the robber as described by the victims.

During the executione of the warrant,  Latorria D. Eldridge, 37, and  Calvin Williams, 21, were arrested and charged with obstruction of a search warrant.   Deputy Police Chief Warren Merriman praised the work of the officers.

"The arrest of this dangerous armed robbery suspect was due to the officers’ timely response, and canvassing of the immediate area for the suspect," he said in the release.  

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