POLICE BRIEFS | Manatee teen arrested on attempted murder charge

MANATEE — A 17-year-old was arrested on the attempted murder of a Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy after he fired two shots as he fled from a botched home invasion earlier this month, according to a warrant.

Kyon L. Davis of Palmetto attempted to force his way into an apartment on May 8 just before 4 a.m. in the 1500 block of Third Avenue West in Palmetto, according to the report. One of the victims chased the suspects from his home and contacted the sheriff’s office.

About 30 minutes later, a deputy spotted the suspect vehicle, a two-door blue car with a vinyl roof, with Davis driving it. He was alone.

The deputy pursued Davis for three minutes. When Davis reached Third Avenue West and 15th Street West, he exited the vehicle and faced the deputy firing a single round with a small handgun. He took a few more steps and fired a second shot at the deputy, just 30 to 40 feet away, according to the report.

The car belonged to Davis’ father who reported the car stolen. The deputy, who was uninjured, was able to identify Davis as the driver.

Davis was picked up on the warrant Tuesday and taken to the juvenile detention center. He faces charges of attempted burglary and attempted murder of a law enforcement officer.

Man beats teen over bottle of vodka

BRADENTON — A 33-year-old Bradenton man was arrested after he beat his girlfriend’s son with a belt, alleging that he had emptied out his vodka bottle and filled it with rubbing alcohol and water, according to a Bradenton Police Department arrest report.

Juan Carlos Martinez was arrested Tuesday afternoon at a residence in the 100 block of 27th Street West after he beat the 14-year-old boy and accused him of drinking the vodka, according to authorities.

The boy denied drinking the vodka.

Martinez allegedly struck the boy four to five times while the boy was in bed.

Martinez told police, “he was tired of the victim lying to him and was using the belt to show the victim there were consequences to his actions,” according to the report.

The teen had red marks on his left side and Child Protection investigators were contacted.

Martinez faces one count of child abuse without great harm and remained in jail Wednesday without bond, according to the jail website.

Six car break-ins reported in the same neighborhood

MANATEE — Several vehicle burglaries were reported in the same neighborhood Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Six break-ins were reported in the 200, 500 and 700 blocks of 59th Avenue Terrace West, Bradenton.

During the burglaries, which occurred between 11 p.m. Tuesday and 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, the suspect or suspects took car stereos, a CD players and CD’s, according to a news release.

Deputies were trying to identify any possible witnesses.

Man, 18, arrested and charged with robbery

MANATEE — An 18-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after he reportedly punched another man and stole his gold necklace, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Nelson J. Hernandez and the victim, also 18, were at a residence in the 5500 block of 24th Street East, Bradenton, about 4 p.m. when Hernandez asked for a ride to pick up his girlfriend. When the victim said he couldn’t give him a ride, Hernandez punched him in the face, causing the victim to fall into a metal fence and then to the ground, according to a news release.

Hernandez then jerked the necklace from the victim’s neck and fled on a bicycle, according to the sheriff’s office.

Deputies later arrested Hernandez.

Hernandez was being held without bond at the Manatee County jail on a robbery charge.

Multiples burglaries reported in Bradenton

MANATEE — Three burglaries in the 900 block of 66th Avenue West in Bradenton were recently reported, according to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Sometime between May 18 and Tuesday, someone removed air-conditioning units from two residences in the block; and on Tuesday, someone broke out a rear bedroom window of another residence and removed property.

There were no suspects and an investigation is continuing, according to a news release.

— Beth Burger and Marc R. Masferrer

Police briefs are compiled from reports from the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Highway Patrol, the police departments from Bradenton, Palmetto and the island communities and fire departments in Manatee and Sarasota counties. Those with information about crimes can call Crimestoppers at (866) 634-TIPS (8477).