Police: Convicted felon shot in buttocks during Bradenton home invasion



BRADENTON -- Two home invasion robbery suspects were arrested Monday -- including a convicted felon who was nabbed at a local hospital after he was shot in the buttocks, according to Bradenton police.

About 11:21 p.m. Sunday, three armed men forced their way into a residence in the 800 block of Third Street East. After taking personal property, they fled on foot, according to a report.

One of the victims chased one of the suspects to a residence in the 600 block of 10th Avenue East, where shots were fired, police said.

"Several minutes later, it was learned that one of the suspects, identified as Kevon M. Melendez ... was at Blake hospital with a gunshot wound to the buttocks," the report states.

Melendez, 18, lives at the residence where the chase ended, police said.

Officers executed a search warrant at the house and found a shotgun used in the home invasion, police said. The weapon had been reported stolen in Manatee County.

Melendez faces charges of home invasion robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, police said. He was being held without bond at the Manatee County jail.

Arrested along with Melendez was Kedarius L. Smith, 17. He faces a charge of home invasion robbery. The third suspect was not arrested.

Melendez was previously arrested March 5 on a drug-dealing charge -- and on a warrant charging him with an armed robbery in his residence in December. Police said he used an AK-47 to rob a man of his cell phone and some money, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

On March 24, the state attorney's office said it would not prosecute Melendez on the robbery charge, and on March 26 he was released from jail after posting $7,500 bond on the drug charge, which remains pending, according to court records.

According to the Florida Department of Corrections website, Melendez was released from prison in 2012, after serving 10 months of a 21-month sentence for burglary and grand theft auto.

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