MANATEE - Three people were arrested after they allegedly robbed a man as he arrived home from work early this morning, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.
As the victim was arriving at his residence in the 700 block of 61st Avenue East, Bradenton, about 2:30 a.m., two men, including one who was armed with a handgun, approached and demanded the victim's wallet. The victim handed over his wallet containing $50 cash and a cell phone. The attackers then fled to a waiting mini-van, according to the sheriff's office.
The victim got in his vehicle and began pursuing the suspects while on the phone with law enforcement. The victim lost the vehicle, but a deputy stopped them a short time later.
The three people inside - Aaron Jerome Johnson, Roland A.F. Jean and Deonte Stephens - were arrested on armed robbery charges.
Johnson and Stephens admitted their involvement in the robbery, according to the sheriff's office. Jean, who was driving the van, denied involvement in the hold-up, the sheriff's office said.