Thursday, April 19, 2018
Public safety

Second man arrested in shooting and botched St. Petersburg armed robbery

ST. PETERSBURG — Detectives arrested a second man on an attempted murder charge stemming from a botched robbery in August.

Marquell Lamar Brown, 21, of St. Petersburg, is accused of being one of three or four masked robbers who attacked a man as he sat in a car the morning of Aug. 15 at 3233 33rd Ave. N.

The man told police that one of the robbers shouted "give it up" as they approached, according to an arrest report.

One of the robbers then brandished a .45 caliber handgun.

The man in the car struggled with the gunman, exposing the robber's face in the process, and the victim was shot twice in the upper torso.

Investigators later provided the victim with a lineup of photographs of possible suspects. He identified Javorious Jarodrick Davis, 18, of St. Petersburg, as the man who shot him, police said.

He was arrested Feb. 9 on charges of attempted felony murder and attempted robbery.

Brown was arrested Tuesday after detectives found fingerprints on the inside of the front passenger window of a stolen vehicle that matched a description of the vehicle used in the incident, according to an arrest affidavit.

There were also phone calls made between Davis and Brown shortly before the August incident, police said.

Brown and Davis are related, according to the affidavit.

Brown was being at the Pinellas County Jail on Tuesday on charges of attempted felony murder and attempted robbery. His bail was set at $200,000.

Davis was still in jail Wednesday in lieu of $170,000 bail.

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