Six men from Orlando on an alleged robbery spree were
arrested by the Manatee County Sheriff's Office Saturday at the Ellenton Outlet
Kelsey Coffey, 26, Keenan Davis, 26, Moses Patterson, 22, Jamal Tillman, 22, Danoris Scott, 23 and Tiandre Rogers, 23, were all charged with armed robbery.
According to authorities, they had been alerted Saturday that six men committing armed robberies at outlet malls in the Orlando area might be in Manatee County.
Based on that information, the sheriff's office increased patrols at the Ellenton Outlet Mall Saturday.
Just before closing deputies spotted the alleged suspects whom they thought had just committed a robbery at an unknown store.
The sheriff's office said Coffey and Davis had entered the Nike store after hours while the others acted as lookouts, but that was not immediately confirmed.
A short while later the suspects that entered the store emerged and started to walk across the parking lot while the others entered the getaway vehicle and began to drive towards the exit, according to the incident report.
"The two suspects on foot were seen carrying bags and were quickly heading to meet up with the getaway vehicle. It was decided at this time to stop the vehicle and the suspects on foot," authorities said.
According to the sheriff's office, the suspects on foot tried to escape but were arrested after a short foot chase. The suspects in the car were arrested without incident.
A shotgun and a handgun were found in the car, deputies said.
According to the sheriff's report, after the suspect's arrest they learned that at 9:40 pm, the clerks at the Nike store began to exit the front door and set the alarm when Davis and Coffey rushed the doorway and pushed them back inside the store.
The male clerk was immediately struck in the head and the female clerk was physically secured, both clerks were then restrained with zip ties.
Coffey implied he had a handgun and the clerks were directed to open the safe and an undetermined amount of cash was stolen.
The cash was recovered from the bags that Coffey and Davis were carrying. The clerks did not suffer any serious injuries, the sheriff's report said.
Coffey and Davis are also charged with false imprisonment