PALMETTO — Authorities are searching for a missing and endangered 16-year-old Palmetto boy.
Tyler Stephenson was arrested Saturday by the Palmetto Police Department and taken to Juvenile Booking after trying to steal a gun from Walmart, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.
On Saturday evening, 6-foot-5 Tyler, weighing an estimated 170 pounds with brown hair, walked out of his house and told his family: “I will kill myself before going to court,” the report states.
Tyler was upset because he wanted to leave the house and his dad said he could not because of the recent arrest, according to the report.
Tyler was wearing blue shorts and a white shirt with black print. He was last seen at 2000 30th Avenue West, Palmetto.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 941-747-3011.