Crime

2 arrested in Manatee armed robbery

MANATEE - Two men were arrested after a robbery victim identified them two of the three suspects who robbed him late Thursday after a woman lured him to the area, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The victim told investigators that he went to the area of 27th Avenue East and 15th Street East about 11:50 p.m., after a woman he was communicating with on MySpace.com said she wanted to meet him. He went to the neighborhood on his motorcycle and stopped on the side of the road.

When he called for more detailed directions, a man answered and as they were talking, three men approached the victim and knocked him off the motorcycle. One man pointed a gun at the victim and threatened to kill him, according to a news release.

The suspects then continued to punch and kick the victim while he was on the ground. The suspects then stole the victims back pack which contained $200 in cash and a car charger for a cell phone. The suspects then fled the area on foot, according to the sheriff's office.

A short time later on 27th Avenue East, a deputy made a traffic stop on a white Cadillac that didn't have its headlights on. The driver fled on foot, and the passenger, Marlon Capers, 18, was detained.

Deputies saw a gun in the raised floorboard between the driver's and front passenger's seat, and found a dark ski mask on the ground near the car, according to the sheriff's office.

Detectives then went to Capers' cousin's residence to ask about their whereabouts during the evening, and learned the cousin, Evangele Butler, 19, was wanted on several warrants.

The victim was brought to the scene and identified Capers and Butler as two of the men who robbed him.

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