MANATEE — Manatee County Sheriff’s Office officials are looking for a sexual predator who Thursday walked away from his Palmetto rooming house and has not been seen since. Hirum Croxall may have removed the ankle bracelet used to trace his movements.
Croxall, 50, last December was convicted of lewd and lascivious upon a child younger than the age of 12 and sentenced to 10 years community supervision.
His last known coordinates were at the Wal-Mart Supercenter in the 5300 block of Cortez Road, Bradenton. However, it appears the tracking device has not moved since Thursday, and it is possible the bracelet was removed and abandoned in or near the store.
Croxall stands 6 feet tall and weighs 200 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.
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Man charged with child abuse after throwing chair
MANATEE — A 25-year-old man was arrested on charges of child abuse after he allegedly threw a wooden chair and struck a 1-year-old boy in the head, according to an arrest report.
Dwayney Cummings Jr., who remained in jail Friday night on a $5,000 bond, became upset with the child’s mother outside a residence in the 2600 block of Fifth Street East on Thursday night.
The woman told Cummings, “Don’t you throw that chair at me. My baby is standing next to me,” according to the report.
The boy was standing next to his mother when Cummings threw a chair and it struck the child in the head, leaving a lump the size of an orange, according to the report. The child was treated at Manatee Memorial Hospital.
Cummings then threw two more chairs, missing the woman two other times.
Man tries to kill himself in court after guilty verdict
MANATEE — A man out on bond facing robbery charges swallowed a bunch of pills in court in hopes of killing himself after he was found guilty Friday afternoon at the Manatee County Judicial Center.
Ryan S. Goodwin, 24, was found guilty of robbing a pharmacist at gunpoint for Oxycodone pills just after 4 p.m. Robbery with a firearm is a first degree felony punishable by life.
After he was found guilty, deputies were taking him back into custody when he took a bunch of pills and swallowed them.
Goodwin would not say what he took and then passed out. He was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital for treatment and is expected to survive, according to a news release.
Palmetto police search for robbery suspect, 16
PALMETTO — Palmetto Police officers are searching for a 16-year-old boy suspected of robbing a clerk at gunpoint at 9:20 a.m. Friday.
The teen allegedly went into the Palmetto Petrol store, 920 10th Ave. W., and confronted a 28-year-old clerk, demanding money as well as the clerk’s wallet.
The teen then fled north from the store.
Detectives developed the teen as a suspect and executed a search warrant at his residence, seizing a shotgun, ammunition, a pistol magazine and gang paraphernalia. The teen’s identity and the location of the residence was not disclosed by police.
Anyone with any information can contact Palmetto Police at (941)723-4587 or remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward by calling Crimestoppers at (866) 634-TIPS (8477).
Burglars steal 5 guns, electronics from residence
MANATEE — A burglar stole more than $31,000 in electronics, jewelry and other items during a burglary Thursday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
The break-in occurred between 8:10 a.m. and 5 p.m., in the 5300 block of 89th Street West, Bradenton. About five guns were taken, according to an incident report.
Three arrested after robbery on 61st Avenue East
MANATEE — Three people were arrested after they allegedly robbed a man as he arrived home from work early today, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
As the victim was arriving at his residence in the 700 block of 61st Avenue East, Bradenton, about 2:30 a.m., two men, including one who was armed with a handgun, approached and demanded the victim’s wallet. The victim handed over his wallet containing $50 cash and a cell phone.
The attackers then fled to a waiting mini-van, according to the sheriff’s office. The victim got in his vehicle and began pursuing the suspects while on the phone with law enforcement.
The three people inside — Aaron Jerome Johnson, Roland A.F. Jean and Deonte Stephens — were arrested on armed robbery charges. Johnson and Stephens admitted their involvement. Jean, who was driving, denied involvement, the sheriff’s office said.
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