SARASOTA — Two men have been arrested and charged with armed robbery after robbing a man at gunpoint and leading Sarasota police officers on a two-county chase that ended with a car in a Manatee County ditch.
An Acura was reportedly stolen during a carjacking in Manatee County, according to the Sarasota Police Department at 3:15 a.m. Sunday.
A victim flagged down Sarasota police officers in the area of 24th Street and Pershing Avenue in Sarasota saying he had been robbed at gunpoint, according to the report. He described the suspects and the vehicle.
Officers saw a vehicle matching the description and tried to conduct a traffic stop. The vehicle fled and a pursuit proceeded northbound on U.S. 301 into Manatee County.
After briefly losing sight of the vehicle, officers found the Acura in a ditch on 63rd Avenue East in Manatee County.
Assisted by the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, the Sarasota Police Department arrested Elroy Johnson, 19, and Jermaine Conaway, 18. The suspects were identified by the victim.
Both men were transported to the Manatee County jail. A single-barrel shotgun was recovered at 24th Street and Pershing Avenue, the report states. Other charges are pending.