2 charged in Bradenton robbery

MANATEE -- Two people were arrested and charged with robbing two other people early Wednesday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

The victims were at a residence in the 400 block of Bryn Mawr Island, in the Bayshore Gardens area, about 12:03 a.m. when their roommate, David Mays arrived with the second suspect, Andreco Parker.

At some point, Parker decided to cover his face with a mask -- "despite already being seen by the victims" -- pulled out a handgun and demanded money, according to a news release.

Mays also punched one of the victims during the struggle.

The suspects obtained $5 and fled the scene in a rental car.

Deputies saturated the area, found the vehicle and arrested Mays and Parker.

Mays and Parker were each charged with robbery and battery and were being held without bond at the Manatee County jail.