Bradenton man charged with stealing pills from woman

MANATEE -- A Bradenton faces armed robbery charges after he robbed at knifepoint a woman of her prescription pills and other items, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

About 1:07 a.m. this morning, the suspect, Robert A. Beehler, 32, struck up a conversation with the woman outside her home in the3500 block of Seventh Avenue West, put a knife to her throat and took her oxycodone and Xanax pills, cell phone and identification cards, according to a news release.

The woman chased him to the area of 3900 block of Manatee Avenue West, where she waved down a Bradenton police officer.

Deputies arrested Beehler about 10:30 a.m. after responding to domestic incident at 43rd Street West and Fourth Avenue West and identifying him as the suspect in the robbery, according to the sheriff's office.

Beehler and the woman were already acquainted before the robbery, the sheriff's office said.