St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara announces arrest of two teenagers for robbery and weapons charges, teens were already on probation for robber
Undercover St. Lucie County deputies late Wednesday night arrested two Fort Pierce teenage boys for attempted robbery and weapons charges, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.
"When the deputies checked the crime database for 16-year-old Cassey Bradley and 17-year-old Shantonio Rolle, they learned that both were on probation for robbery and both were confirmed gang members," Sheriff Mascara said. "This is significant because gang members are known to commit violent crimes. These two subjects were no strangers to the justice system. Quick action by the deputies undoubtedly prevented another robbery."
Deputies seized a loaded .357-caliber revolver containing six rounds of hollow-point ammunition, and a .22-caliber rifle with stock cut off, loaded with eight bullets. The revolver had a bandanna wrapped around the handle, most likely so that there would be no fingerprints.
Bradley and Rolle were also charged with probation violations. They were incarcerated at the St. Lucie Regional Juvenile Detention Center, Fort Pierce, a facility operated by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.
The incident began when a deputy saw Bradley and Rolle riding bicycles south on Oleander Avenue from Edwards Road around 9 p.m. Wednesday. They were riding toward the 7-11 Store parking lot. The deputy was driving an unmarked car. He activated his lights and identified himself as a deputy.
Rolle went into the store, and Bradley fled to the south on his bicycle.
Deputies chased Bradley and saw something fall from his waistband. That "something" turned out to be a loaded revolver. When deputies apprehended Bradley, they recovered a black glove and five baggies of marijuana. Bradley was wearing a red jacked with a hoodie, which the deputy noted, was "clearly not the proper attire for the temperature that night (mid 80s.)"
Deputies also apprehended Rolle, who admitted to ditching a weapon behind a nearby dumpster. That weapon was the loaded rifle with the stock cut off. Rolle also had a bandanna tied in a way that it could be used as a mask.
After deputies advised Rolle of his rights, he admitted his previous arrest for robbery. A records check showed he was on probation for robbery and had an 8 p.m. curfew.
Bradley also was advised of his rights, and he admitted he had previously been arrested for robbery. He also was on probation for the earlier robbery and had an 8 p.m. curfew. The bicycle Bradley had been riding was stolen earlier in the day from a nearby home.
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