Manatee deputies ID suspect in McDonalds carjacking

MANATEE -- Detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for a suspect in a carjacking Monday in East Manatee, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Bruce Brooks, 45, is wanted on a charge of armed kidnapping after he allegedly stole liquor from a Sweetbay store, 5201 33rd St. E., and then carjacked a vehicle from the drive-thru lane of an adjacent McDonald's restaurant, 5299 33rd St. E. The suspect, who was armed with a handgun, then forced the woman driver to take him to an area near Mixon Fruit Farms off 26th Avenue East, where he left the vehicle, according to the sheriff's office.

Brooks also is known as Brian Brooks, according to the sheriff's office.

"Detectives developed Brooks as a suspect and were able to obtain the arrest warrant today," a news release states.

Anyone with information on Brooks' whereabouts can call the sheriff's office at (941) 747-3011 or Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.