Arrested on Armed Robbery Charges
PALM BEACH GARDENS — A man who went to a Palm Beach Gardens apartment late Monday thinking he was going to meet a woman named “Karry Parie” instead became the victim of an armed robbery, city police said.
Police arrested Mark Coleman, 18, of Palm Beach Gardens and a 17-year-old boy on charges of armed robbery and grand theft after alleging they robbed the man at an apartment in the 3400 block of Periwinkle Court. The 17-year-old suspect’s name is being withheld because of his age.
The alleged victim told police he had been communicating online with a woman he met on a website and that he drove to the apartment in the Mira Flores complex just north of the Gardens Mall to meet her. When he arrived shortly before 11:30 p.m., he spotted two people later identified as Coleman and the other teen nearby, according to an arrest report.
The man alleged that Coleman ran up to him and pulled out a gun and pressed it against his neck while demanding money. The other suspect took the victim’s cellphone, police said. The suspects fled and the accuser found a resident who let him use her phone to call police.
Shortly after the man called 911, police found the 17-year-old at Florida Boulevard and Hillman Drive in the Cabana Colony community just north of Mira Flores and detained him. The teen told officers he made $20 from the robbery but said he did not have a gun, the report said.
Both suspects told police they needed money because of drug problems, the report said. Coleman told officers that he stole $70, keeping half and giving the rest to the other teen.
Coleman also said he threw the gun away, officers said. He remained in custody at the Palm Beach County Jail late Wednesday in lieu of $3,000 bond, jail records showed.
The Florida Statute defines Robbery as follows:
812.13 – Robbery
“Robbery” means the taking of money or other property which may be the subject of larceny from the person or custody of another, with intent to either permanently or temporarily deprive the person or the owner of the money or other property, when in the course of the taking there is the use of force, violence, assault, or putting in fear.
Armed robbery is the commission of a robbery while carrying, brandishing or using a weapon. The presence of this weapon adds significant consequences to the potential penalties if a defendant is convicted.
Florida Statute Definition:
If in the course of committing the robbery the offender carried a firearm or other deadly weapon, then the robbery is a felony of the first degree, punishable by imprisonment for a term of years not exceeding life imprisonment.
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Many weapons cases can be resolved without a criminal record if your lawyer has you immediately perform community service, complete a weapons class, and apologize to the victim (if there was one). It is essential that the state’s charging attorney understand who you really are, while providing evidence that shows you are much more than what the law enforcement agent makes you out to be.
If you are not guilty of the charge, lawyer Andrew Stine can attack the government’s case. There are many defenses an experienced lawyer can use in a weapons case, including self defense, false allegation, false identification, entrapment, and improper search and seizure of the weapon. In some cases, the act you are charged with may not even be illegal. For example, if the butt of a handgun sticks out of your pocket and is visible, you cannot be charged with concealing a weapon.
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