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 November 20th, 2012  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara announces arrest of Deshon Copeland, 17, for armed robbery of 16-year-old boy last Friday
St. Lucie County Sheriff's investigators have arrested 17-year-old Deshon Copeland of Fort Pierce for stealing gold chain and crucifix from a 16-year-old boy who was walking home from school, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"Deshon Copeland pointed a chrome-plated handgun at David Cooley Friday afternoon as he was walking home from Fort Pierce Westwood High School and demanded his gold chain and crucifix," Sheriff Mascara said. "When David Cooley tried to run away, Copeland ran after him and pulled the chain from his neck. This is a serious crime."

Sheriff Mascara continued: "From our experience, we know that juveniles with guns often commit violent crimes in our community. We are committed to preventing these kinds of crimes.. But if they occur, we will put forth all appropriate resources to arrest offenders."

Detectives also charged Copeland with the misdemeanor of possession of a firearm by a juvenile.

When the victim told his mother what happened, she called 9-1-1. There was another juvenile, unidentified by the victim, involved in the robbery.

Copeland, arrested today by the Sheriff's Office Warrants Unit, was taken to the St. Lucie Regional Juvenile Detention Center, in Fort Pierce. The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice operates the facility.

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