Man charged with robbing Poppo’s Taqueria restaurant in Bradenton

An 18-year-old man has been charged with robbing the Poppo’s Taqueria restaurant on Manatee Avenue West in Bradenton, police said.

Bradenton police say Da’Shawn Searles entered Poppo’s Taqueria, 6777 Manatee Ave. W., in the Northwest Promenade shopping center, around 9:24 p.m. Wednesday through the rear door and held two employees at gunpoint.

According to the police Searles managed to get away with more than $1,200 in cash, but he was located a few hours later and arrested without incident.

Searles is charged with armed robbery and two counts of intent to commit a felony. Police said “more charges may be pending.”

He is being held without bond at the Manatee County jail.

Police continue to investigate. Anyone with additional information can call Detective Chris Capdarest at 941-932-9300 or email your information to CRIMETIPS@CITYOFBRADENTON.COM or call Crime Stoppers at 866-634-TIPS.

Breaking News/Real Time Reporter Mark Young began his career in 1996 and has been with the Bradenton Herald since 2014. He has won more than a dozen awards over the years, including the coveted Lucy Morgan Award for In-Depth Reporting from the Florida Press Club and for beat reporting from the Society for Professional Journalists to name a few. His reporting experience is as diverse as the communities he covers.
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