Suspect in McDonald's carjacking arrested in Palmetto

MANATEE -- The suspect in a Jan. 17 carjacking at a McDonald's restaurant in East Manatee last week has been arrested, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Detectives arrested Bruce Brooks, 45, at 12:45 p.m. today while he was walking along 23rd Street East in Palmetto, according to a news release.

Brooks, who is charged with armed kidnapping, is accused of stealing liquor from the Sweetbay store at 5201 33rd St. E., and then carjacking a vehicle from the drive-through lane at an adjacent McDonald's, 5299 33rd St. E.

Brooks, who was armed with a handgun, forced the woman driver to take him to an area near Mixon Fruit Farms on 26th Avenue East, where he left the vehicle, according to the sheriff's office.

Brooks was being held at the Manatee County jail on $100,000 bond.

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