St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara announces arrest of two juveniles for burglarizing a Lakewood Park home in northern St. Lucie County
St. Lucie County Sheriff's deputies Friday afternoon arrested two teenage boys from Lakewood Park as they were burglarizing a home in that northern St. Lucie County neighborhood, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
"Teamwork of our patrol, detective and aviation deputies, assisted by a Fort Pierce Police Department K-9 unit made these arrests possible," Sheriff Mascara said.
Deputies received information that a burglary was planned at a home in Lakewood Park. They determined 512 Palomar Street was the target.
After they surrounded the home, they saw the robbers trying to run from the home.
In the front yard, deputies apprehended 15-year-old Anexcis Johnson. He was carrying a book bag, presumably to carry away stolen property. He also had a gray bandana, probably to try to keep from leaving fingerprints. In addition, Johnson was carrying a small amount of marijuana.
The second suspect, Demetrius Whitehead, 16, ran to the rear of the home. Deputies took him into custody as he jumped the fence. He was wearing a glove and carrying a 12-inch-long screwdriver.
A Fort Pierce Police K-9 team arrived to assist deputies in making sure there was no one else inside the home. Just inside the front door was a large-caliber hunting rifle on the floor.
The victim later told investigators the rifle had been taken from its usual location in a gun cabinet. Later, Whitehead agreed to talk with detectives after they gave him a statement of his rights. He admitted taking the screwdriver from a shed in the Palomar Street home's back yard.
Investigators determined that the two pried open a window to get inside the home.
Anexcis Johnson is charged with: armed burglary of a dwelling, possession of burglary tools (for the book bag and bandana) and possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana.
Demetrius Whitehead is charged with: armed burglary of a dwelling, possession of burglary tools (for the screwdriver and gloves), misdemeanor theft and resisting arrest without violence.
Deputies took both juveniles to the St. Lucie Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Fort Pierce, a facility operated by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. * * *
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