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7/25 police briefs: Brother beaten with baseball bat

MANATEE — A 22-year-old man was arrested by deputies after he allegedly beat his brother in the head with an aluminum baseball bat Friday afternoon, according to Manatee County sheriff’s office.

LeRoy Brydson Jr., was arrested on charges of domestic aggravated battery after his brother, 33-year-old Raymond Maurice Thomas was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg, said Lt. Dale Couch.

An argument ensued just before 6 p.m. between the brothers in Southern Aire Mobile Home Park, near the 5600 block of 14th Street West. The argument was about Brydson allegedly selling drugs.

Thomas did not want Brydson selling drugs on the property, Couch said. The fight escalated when Thomas reportedly picked up a piece of wood, possibly the leg to a table, and threatened Brydson. Brydson was hit across the face by Thomas’ hand, Couch said.

Brydson went to the back of a pickup and retrieved a baseball bat. He struck Thomas across the head twice. When Thomas fell to the ground, he struck him a third time across the back, Couch said.

As of Friday night, Thomas was undergoing tests and was alert enough to speak with other family members, Couch said.

Arrested man faces child porn charges

BRADENTON BEACH — Already in jail on charges of raping a 15-year-old girl, a Bradenton man has now been arrested on more than a dozen charges of possessing and promoting child pornography after authorities found sexually explicit pictures of the victim on his computer.

Bradenton Beach police had already arrested Joseph Edmund Chiquet, 34, former owner of the The Yard skateboard shop in Bradenton, on charges of lewd and lascivious activity with a 15-year-old girl he met at his business.

Detectives on Thursday served Chiquet with more charges at the Manatee County jail after investigators found nine sexually explicit pictures of the victim on his computer.

Also, Bradenton police detectives also arrested Chiquet on a charge of lewd and lascivious battery after the victim said he had sex with her in his skate shop, in the 3000 block of Manatee Avenue West.

Chiquet now faces more than two dozen charges — 18 counts of possession of child pornography and nine counts of promotion of child pornography. He was being held in the Manatee County jail on $158,000 bond.

Police arrest 14 in prostitution sting

BRADENTON — Bradenton police officers arrested 14 people in a prostitution sting conducted on a main city thoroughfare Thursday night.

Undercover officers arrested three women, nine men and two 16-year-old boys during the sting along 14th Street West, in the city. Those arrested ranged in age from 16 to 68, according to Bradenton Police Deputy Chief J.J. Lewis.

Charges ranged from prostitution, drug possession and resisting arrest, according to Lewis.

Girl, 14, robbed of cell phone while walking to store

MANATEE — A 14-year-old girl told deputies her cell phone was snatched from her as she was walking to the store, according to a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office report.

The girl was walking in the 5700 block of Fifth Street East just before 9 p.m. Thursday when a 6-foot man wearing a red shirt told her one of his friends liked her.

The girl kept walking and tried to ignore the man. He followed her anyway.

The girl held her cell phone close to her chest, and the man grabbed the phone hitting her in the chin, according to the report. He left the area.

Deputies checked a home for the man, but he was not found. The girl was not injured in the robbery.

Anyone with any information can contact the sheriff’s office at 747-3011 or remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at (866)634-TIPS (8477).

Sheriff’s dog catches Bradenton man on the run

MANATEE — A man was bitten by a sheriff’s dog after deputies responded to a residence Thursday night, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Courtney Harris, 26, of Bradenton was taken to Lakewood Ranch Medical Center after he was bitten on his right forearm and left hand. He faces charges of resisting with violence and domestic battery, according to a report.

When deputies responded to a domestic call in the 2900 block of 50th Avenue West, Harris allegedly came to the door and pushed a deputy in the chest knocking him backwards at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday, according to the report.

Harris reportedly ran out the front door. One of the deputies tried stunning Harris. The probes bounced off with one sticking to his left shoulder, according to the report.

Deputies set up a perimeter and used a sheriff’s dog to track Harris.

— Beth Burger and Robert Napper

Police briefs are compiled from reports from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Highway Patrol, the police departments from Bradenton, Palmetto and the island communities and fire departments in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Those with information about crimes can call Crimestoppers at (866) 634-TIPS (8477).