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Arrest made in Sponge Docks assault, robbery

TARPON SPRINGS — An 18-year-old man accused in the beating and robbery of a 57-year-old man at the Sponge Docks was arrested Thursday, authorities said.

Donshane Maurice Collins, of 6800 19th St. S in St. Petersburg, was charged with robbery.

According to Tarpon Springs police, Collins was one of three teenagers who approached the man, Christian Gorey, at Dodecanese and Roosevelt boulevards and demanded money from him around 8:45 p.m. April 27. After Gorey refused, two of the teens pointed a gun at him and beat him, then stole his wallet, police said.

It was unclear Friday if Collins was one of the teens who beat Gorey or the third teen who did not participate in the assault.

Police got a warrant for Collins' arrest after the victim was able to identify him by a photo after police had established him as a suspect, said Tarpon Springs Police Capt. Jeff Young. He also had another outstanding warrant for an unrelated case, Young said.

On Thursday, police saw him in the area of Safford Avenue and Harrison Street E. Collins ran away when they approached him, but was captured after a brief foot chase, police said.

The other two teens have not yet been identified, Young said, and an investigation is ongoing.

At the time of the attack, police said they believed the trio was also responsible for an armed home invasion robbery the next morning on Harrison Street.

As of Friday, Collins had not been charged in that case. On Friday evening, he was being held without bail.

Arrest made in Sponge Docks assault, robbery 07/01/11 [Last modified: Friday, July 1, 2011 5:43pm]
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