BRADENTON -- An off-duty Bradenton police officer directing traffic near an elementary school is being credited for arresting two armed men who carjacked another man during a drug deal gone bad.
Bradenton police say the 18-year-old victim had arranged via Facebook a drug deal with the two suspects. Tuesday afternoon, he drove to the Oakmeade Apartments, 1831 13th Ave. E., to meet with a prospective buyer, police said.
At the apartments, he was confronted by two men, O'Darien Conaway, 20, and Haikeem Walker, 18, who were armed with a handgun, police said.
Conaway and Walker got in the victim's car and told him to drive.
They headed south on 27th Street East, approaching Wakeland Elementary School, where an off-duty Bradenton police officer was directing traffic at the end of the school day, just before 3:30 p.m.
"The victim pulled into the parking lot of the school and asked for help," telling the officer his passengers had a gun, police said.
The officer drew his weapon and ordered Conaway and Walker to surrender. The victim was able to disarm Conaway and hand the gun to the officer, police said.
Conaway and Walker were arrested and charged with armed carjacking
No one was injured.
Children at the school had been released before the incident, police said.