MANATEE — A 19-year-old man has been charged with robbing a woman during a home invasion robbery and then later pointing a gun at two men, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
A gunman robbed a woman's prescription medication during a home invasion robbery in Bradenton late Tuesday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
About 11:50 p.m., the gunman -- later identified by authorities as Jason Vanaelst -- entered a house in the 5600 block of 29th Street West and demanded that the woman, who was visiting the residence, hand over her pills, according to a news release.
The suspect then busted open a dead-bolted door and dumped the woman's purse on a bed. He grabbed a bottle of prescription medicine and a cell phone, then ordered the woman to the ground and for her not to look at him, according to the sheriff's office.
He then ran out of the house.
A little more than a hour later, at 1 a.m. Wednesday, Vanaelst walked out of his residence in the 5600 block of 24th Street West, pointed a gun at his roommate, who was moving out, and demanded money, according to a report.
The roommate said he did not have any money so Vanaelst went to a car and pointed a gun at a man who was helping with the move. The man said he didn't want any trouble and was only helping with the move, according to the sheriff's office.
Vanaelst apologized and offered the second man some pills, which he refused, according to a report.
The two victims then left the scene, drove to a nearby post office and called 911.
They were later able to identify Vanaelst as their assailant.
Vanaelst was being held without bond at the Manatee County jail on charges of home invasion robbery, armed robbery and aggravated assault.
Records show Vanaelst was arrested in April on felony domestic battery charges in an incident involving his girlfriend and was under supervised release when arrested Wednesday morning. An arraignment on the earlier charges is set for May 13, according to court records.