Teenagers accused of robbery arrested after crashing into Bradenton police cars
Four teenagers suspected of armed robbery and burglary were arrested Tuesday after a chase that ended with their vehicle crashing into multiple police cars in Bradenton, police report.
According to the Bradenton Police Department, a man reported that he was approached by two people shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday in the 200 block of 7th Street East while he was walking to work. A firearm was pointed at him and the pair demanded his possessions. He resisted, and the two left in a vehicle, which was found near the Sunshine Skyway fishing pier.
A Palmetto Police Department officer followed the vehicle and attempted to stop it. The driver instead fled south over the Green Bridge into Bradenton, where it crashed into several vehicles at 9th Street and 6th Avenue West, including five police cars.
The 17-year-old driver, who was wearing a bulletproof vest, exited the vehicle, dropped a firearm and ran. He was taken into custody after a foot chase. Three other youths in the vehicle, ages 15, 13 and 13, were taken into custody.
Police say the youths were involved in multiple vehicle burglaries before the robbery. Many stolen items were found, including a second firearm.
The teenagers face multiple felony charges.
Anyone with information on this case is asked to contact Detective Jay Gow at 941-932-9373 or email [email protected] To remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward of up to $3,000, contact Crime Stoppers at 866-634-8477 or manateecrimestoppers.com.
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BRADENTON, Fla. (WWSB) - A suspect has been arrested after an officer-involved shooting in Bradenton Thursday morning.
On Thursday around 10 a.m., the Bradenton Police Department responded to the Blue Boy Motel at 1839 14th St. W to investigate a trespass complaint.
One officer arrived on the scene and spoke with the victim, who pointed out the suspect who allegedly “pulled a knife” on the victim.
The officer then found the suspect, later identified as Charles William Mickel III, and disarmed him. While investigating and talking with witnesses, back-up officers arrived. This is when Mickel allegedly got into his vehicle and attempted to escape.
Mickel reversed his vehicle and almost hit an officer who had just arrived, according to police. He then drove forward, directly at the first responding officer, who was hit and thrown onto Mickel’s vehicle.
While on the hood, the officer shot through the windshield, hitting Mickel. The officer was then thrown from the hood of the vehicle as Mickel continued to try and escape.
According to police, Mickel drove back to the scene one minute later. At that time, officers approached Mickel, who surrendered and was taken into custody.
Officers immediately started live-saving techniques until paramedics arrived and took Mickel to Blake Trauma Center for treatment.
The officer who was involved was taken to a local hospital and treated for minor injuries. That officer has been placed on an administrative assignment. The officer’s information will not be released since they are a victim of a crime and do not wish their information be released due to Marsy’s Law, according to police.
Mickel was recently released from the Florida Department of Corrections in February after serving a 15-year sentence for robbery and fleeing to elude law enforcement.
He is now being charged with the following:
- Aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer with a motor vehicle
- Two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the incident, which is standard protocol for officer-involved shootings.
Bradenton Police said say they would release body camera footage as soon as they are able.
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BRADENTON, FL — After finding a large bee swarm in a tree outside the Bradenton Police Department headquarters, police decided call in some help to safely relocate the bees.
Healing River Beekeepers worked outside police headquarters, which is located at 100 10th Street W., to rescue and rehome the bees Monday. The rescue organization extracts swarms of bees throughout the area and provides them with a healthy home. They also have a line of honey and related products.
Bradenton police shared pictures from the bee rescue to their Twitter and Facebook accounts.
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"We are looking for a safe home for our new friends, branch included," police posted.
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