Crime

Bradenton man charged with robbing girlfriend

MANATEE — A 43-year-old man was charged with chasing down his live-in girlfriend and stealing her shoes, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were conducting surveillance in the 6800 block of 15th Street East about 9:41 p.m. Sunday, when they saw Keith Lamar Cocroft chasing a woman, according to a news release. They observed Cocroft grab the woman and when they approached to make contact, they saw the woman on the ground and Cocroft holding her shoes.

Deputies learned that the couple had been arguing, and that the dispute escalated when Cocroft began chasing the woman and took her shoes "by force," according to a report.

Cocroft was being held without bond at the Manatee County jail on charges of robbery and domestic violence, according to the jail website.

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