Sheriff: 2 charged with robbing 7-Eleven store in Bradenton are suspects in other hold-ups

October 23, 2013 

MANATEE -- Deputies early Wednesday arrested two people they say are suspects in several recent robberies at local 7-Eleven stores -- including one that was robbed shortly before they were arrested, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

A third suspect is on the loose, according to a news release.

About 12:20 a.m., two armed men entered the 7-Eleven store at 5900 Manatee Ave., and robbed it of cash and other items. They then left the store and got in a vehicle parked nearby, according to the report.

A deputy began following the suspect vehicle, which went down a dead-end street and came to a stop in the 5300 block of Second Avenue Drive Northwest.

The driver, Kaylesha Brannic, 19, was arrested without incident.

Two male passengers ran away, but a short time later one of them, Ra'shaad McDonald, 20, was arrested, with the assistance of a police dog.

The third suspect remains at large, and detectives are working to identify him, according to the sheriff's office.

"Brannic and McDonald are charged with armed robbery and are suspects in several other 7-Eleven robberies over the past few months," the sheriff's office said.

McDonald was also charged with resisting arrest with violence and battery on a police K-9.

Brannic is being held on $250,000 bond, and McDonald is being held without bond.

The dog was not injured, but McDonald was treated for bites, according to the sheriff's office.

There have been at least three robberies at 7-Eleven stores in Bradenton and Manatee County since Aug. 28:

They include:

-- Oct. 7, at the store at 5914 53rd Ave. E.

-- Sept. 29, at the store at 4227 State Road 64 E.

-- Aug. 28, at the store at 2604 53rd Ave. W.

Anyone with information about this case can call the sheriff's office at 941-747-3011.

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