MANATEE -- A Manatee High School student has been charged with participating in an armed home invasion earlier this month, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
Angel Kokko, 17, was arrested after the robbery Oct. 7 at a home in the 2100 block of Fifth Street East.
The high school junior was charged as an adult on Monday.
Manatee County Judge John Lakin on Tuesday set bond for Kokko at $100,000.
Kokko's mother was also present in court.
"He's a good boy," Bobbie Kokko said. "He's never done this before."
The State Attorney's Office read a record that included arrests on charges of arson, burglary and criminal mischief in 2006. Kokko's mother disputed some of the charges.
"The arson, it was when he was 8 years old and he
caught a truck on fire," she told the judge.
The only other charge or arrest she claimed to be aware of involved a BB gun less than two years ago.
A prosecutor said letting Kokko out of jail on supervised release would be a concern for the "safety of the community" since deputies say he was seen holding a silver handgun.
"The defendant admitted to being in possession of the handgun," Lakin said.
Lakin said Kokko's attorney could file for a bond reduction with the judge presiding over the case.
"He needs to understand he is very young to be involved in this type of criminal activity," Lakin said. "We have way too much violence in this community and we need to keep guns off the street."
Kokko is now being held at the Manatee County jail, since being charged as an adult.
At about 10:45 p.m. Oct. 7, three gunmen broke into the Fifth Street East home and demanded residents hand over their money and drugs. During the robbery, one of the other suspects punched a resident and took pills she was hiding in her shirt, according to a sheriff's report.
The suspects then ran away but were spotted running through a parking lot in the 2300 block of First Street by a responding deputy.
Also arrested along with Kokko were Michael Simmons, 33, and Joshua Ziegler, 20. Both were also charged with armed home invasion robbery and are being held without bond at the Manatee County jail.
Jessica De Leon, law enforcement reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7049. You can follow her on Twitter @JDeLeon1012.