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Authorities add 4 more charges against "Queen'

Richell Denise Bradshaw now has been charged with benefiting from robberies in Manatee County.

Just like in the other robberies, "Queen Shahmia" is believed to have ordered three of her manservants to rob a grocery store and three restaurants in Manatee County the week after Christmas.

On Wednesday, Manatee detectives charged the queen, whose real name is Richell Denise Bradshaw, with four counts of being a principal to a robbery, meaning she knew about the crimes and benefited from them.

Bradshaw, 33, already is in Lee County Jail. Detectives there charged her last month with five counts of being a principal to strong arm robbery.

Her manservants _ Lawrence Joseph Ansaroff, 19, Ismael Castilleja, 25, and Anthony Valentino Menendez, 21 _ were arrested Jan. 2 in connection with those same robberies.

Detectives were able to link Queen Shahmia to the men after finding miniature shampoo bottles in one of the manservants' pockets. The bottles had the name of the resort _ Sanibel Harbour Resort & Spa _ where the queen, her husband, the manservants and eight children were staying.

According to Menendez, Castilleja used the bottles to mix olive oil with myrrh or casia oils to slick down his long hair.

Soon after their arrest in Lee County, Manatee County officials suspected the men of being involved in robberies at Publix, Cracker Barrel, Shoney's and Denny's in the Bradenton area.

There were similarities in the way the crimes were committed: One man would ask for change and another would push the clerk down and grab money from the drawer.

Ansaroff and Menendez were later charged in three of the Manatee County robberies.

On Wednesday, detectives charged Castilleja in one of the robberies and filed additional charges against Ansaroff and Menendez.

Now, the queen and her manservants have been charged in all four of the Manatee crimes. The children are in state custody.

The manservants are suspected in a string of robberies in Pinellas County and Orange County, although no charges have been filed yet.

Menendez has said that they "plundered the earth with permission" and on God's orders. They wanted to put the queen in the best hotels and serve her, he has said.

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