What Is Strong Armed Robbery?
According to an article in WPTV News Channel 5, a man was knocked to the ground by a would-be robber in Clearwater, FL. 83-year-old Charles Pace defended himself – by pulling a gun.
Clearwater Police said Pace was in a restaurant parking lot Wednesday when a man grabbed him from behind and tried to take his wallet. Pace resisted and was knocked to the ground. Police said that’s when Place pulled out a .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun.
Authorities said Pace pointed it at the man and ordered him to leave him alone.
The assailant, Bryan Treloar, ran and was followed by a witness. Police caught up with him, arrested him and charged him with attempted strong-arm robbery. He was being held on $10,000 bail.
Place, who has a permit to carry a concealed weapon, wound up with small cuts on his hand.
According to Florida Statute 812.13:
“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.
(2)(a) 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.
(b) If in the course of committing the robbery the offender carried a weapon, then the robbery is a felony of the first degree.
(c) If in the course of committing the robbery the offender carried no firearm, deadly weapon, or other weapon, then the robbery is a felony of the second degree.
If you have been charged with armed robbery, strong armed robbery, or attempted robbery, your best bet is consulting a criminal defense lawyer. A criminal defense lawyer is the only person who will understand your situation and work to get you the best result from your case.
A criminal defense lawyer’s job is to make sure you are represented fairly and justly. He or she will put forth an immense amount of effort to lessen your charges or hopefully dismiss your case.