Sunday, Dec 21, 2014

Brooksville teens arrested on armed robbery charges

Hernando Today staff report

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BROOKSVILLE - Two Brooksville teens have been arrested on armed robbery charges for a July 17 incident.

One of the alleged robbers is 14 years old. His name is being withheld due to Hernando Today's policy of not naming minors.

A sheriff's office arrest affidavit shows one of the victims, also 14, posted on Facebook he had six pairs of Nike Jordan Retro sneakers for sale.

The alleged robber and the victims met up on Josephine Street, just south of East Martin Luther King Boulevard in Brooksville. The minor was accompanied with two males, one of whom carried an automatic pistol.

The men ordered the victims to get down on the ground, and took from them a wallet, iPhone, iPod and watch, as well as the sneakers.

On July 17 the minor was taken to the sheriff's office for questioning, and provided law enforcement the names of the two males who accompanied him at the time of the alleged robbery.

The minor was arrested on charges of armed robbery, and taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Ocala.

On Thursday, Quatavia Merriweather, 19, was arrested on charges of armed robbery. The Brooksville man is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond.

Court records show Merriweather was found guilty of two traffic charges earlier this month, for not wearing a seatbelt and driving without headlights.

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