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Clearwater cops arrest teen they shot 3 weeks ago

CLEARWATER – A teenager shot by police three weeks ago during a burglary investigation has been arrested in connection with an attempted armed robbery.

Sylvester Brown, 15, was one of four males who tried to rob the man at about 1 a.m. Saturday near 1340 Franklin St. in Clearwater, according to police. Officers witnessed the incident.

The four males fled in a 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier. Police established a perimeter in the area of 1255 Jeffords St. at the El Camino Apartments complex after the Chevrolet was found abandoned in the parking lot there.

Clearwater and Largo K-9 units found Brown and Steffon Birks, 19, hiding in a garbage can a short distance away from the abandoned car. They both were arrested and charged with armed robbery. Birks was also charged with possession of marijuana. Police are trying to identify and locate the other two suspects.

Brown was involved in an officer-involved shooting on October 12 after a police officer fired at a stolen pickup truck he was in. The driver of the pickup tried to hit two police officers who where called to a burglary scene. Officers found a stolen motorbike in the back of the truck.

Brown sustained non-life threatening injuries in the shooting.

Clearwater cops arrest teen they shot 3 weeks ago 11/01/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 2:29pm]

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