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St. Petersburg boy, 15, charged in armed robbery of 12-year-old

ST. PETERSBURG — Police arrested a 15-year-old boy on Friday in connection with the robbery of a 12-year-old at gunpoint earlier in the week.

On Wednesday at 9 p.m., the younger boy was riding his bicycle in the Citrus Grove Apartments complex on 15th Street S when Latellis Everett approached him and demanded that he hand over his bicycle, police said.

When the 12-year-old refused, Everett pulled a semiautomatic handgun from his waistband, poked the boy's chest with the barrel of the gun and pushed him off his bike, police said.

According to police, Everett stole cash from the boy's pocket and took off on the bike.

Afraid that he would be retaliated against if he told police, the 12-year-old kept quiet for several days. He later reported the incident to police after his father found out about it and urged him to file a complaint. The boy identified Everett in a lineup, police said.

St. Petersburg police arrested Everett on Thursday at his home. A gun was not recovered.

Police said Everett became violent first at the police station, then again as they tried to place him in a cruiser. He broke one of the car's windows and left one officer with a cut above his eye that required stitches, police said.

Everett was charged with armed robbery, resisting an officer with violence and criminal mischief. Police said Everett will be charged as an adult. Police also charged him with violating probation, as at the time of his arrest, he was supposed to be on court-ordered home detention in connection with a shooting in late April.

In that case, Everett and another 15-year-old drove by an outdoor birthday party and fired a shot into the air, police said. One of the guests returned fire. In the melee, a 12-year-old boy and a 13-year-old girl were wounded. Everett also was shot in the leg by the retaliatory gunfire. Police said the violence may have been sparked by rivalry between two neighborhood groups.

St. Petersburg boy, 15, charged in armed robbery of 12-year-old 06/21/13 [Last modified: Friday, June 21, 2013 10:59pm]
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