Brazil City Police Chief Terry Harrison released information Tuesday about the arrest of a Brazil juvenile for his alleged involvement in an armed robbery at Taco Bell during the weekend.
Brandon Pierce, 17, was taken into custody and booked into the Clay County Justice Center on a preliminary class B felony charge of armed robbery, a class B felony charge of theft and a class A misdemeanor charge of criminal trespass.
"He heard we were looking for him, so he turned himself in this afternoon," Harrison said about the ongoing investigation into the incident that took place shortly before midnight Saturday.
Harrison and Det. Todd Stemm are currently investigating the case.
According to Harrison, Pierce, who allegedly displayed a handgun, confronted an employee outside the building, located at 2170 East National Ave., forcing them back inside.
No one was injured during the robbery, but officials confirmed Pierce fled on foot with an undetermined amount of cash. The cash has not been recovered as of this time.
Patrolman Jeremy Mace responded to the robbery report within a minute of the alarm, which Harrison said was crucial to the investigation.
"Mace saw a vehicle leaving the scene at a high rate of speed, which was a really good observation on his part," Harrison said. "The information Mace obtained from the traffic stop helped the investigation."
Due to the severity of the case, Harrison said he was able to release information about Pierce because he was charged as an adult during a direct filing process with a probable cause report with the Clay County Circuit Court.
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