Three Lake Gibson football players – including Polk County’s leading rusher- were among five Polk County teens charged Tuesday with armed robbery and possessing stolen property. Armed robbery is a felony; the possession of stolen property charge is a misdemeanor.
St. Augustine Beach Police arrested Quinshon Odom, Remi Watson and Umbuju Grant, all members of the Braves’ 2009 roster. Anthony Fernandez and Christopher Dewey, both students at Lake Gibson, also were arrested. Watson is The Ledger’s 2009 Large-School Offensive Player of the Year.
Odom, an 18-year-old senior, was booked into the St. Johns County Jail, where he is being held without bail. The other four, all 17-year-old juniors, were booked into a juvenile area of the St. Johns jail.
According to St. Augustine Beach police, Dewey, who was in his father’s 2005 Nissan Titan pickup, pointed a 12-gauge shotgun at two teenagers who were walking along A1A Beach Boulevard about 1 a.m. Tuesday. The victims, identified only as 16- and 12-year-old boys, emptied their pockets and put their cell phones onto the ground.
Police said one of the suspects, they were unsure which one, approached the victims to grab their property, but a car approached, startling the robbery suspects.
St. Augustine Beach Police Chief Richard Hedges said the five suspects didn’t take anything from the two younger boys before racing away-but the boys gave a good description of the pickup, and police soon pulled over the truck and its five occupants.
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