The two 17-year-olds Key West police say teamed up with 18-year-old D’Monte Antown Davis for a home invasion robbery were charged as adults two days after they were first arrested as juveniles.
The decision means all three teens now face up to life in prison if found guilty as charged, since home invasion robbery is a “life felony” in Florida.
“It was a pretty easy decision,” said State Attorney Dennis Ward on Thursday evening, adding the allegations warrant the charges.
Isaac Cuervo Archer and Deon Bacon will face the same criminal prosecution as 18-year-old D’Monte Davis for the Feb. 19 incident in which police say they barged into another teen’s home at 1301 8th St. and demanded cash as they beat him and Davis held him at gunpoint.
Davis additionally faces a charge of committing a felony while disguised. Police said all three teens wore hoodies during the crime.
Archer, the son of teacher Raymond Archer and Lisette Cuervo Carey, the assistant to Mayor Craig Cates, is known as a Key West High School football player.
The same day they were re-arrested after Ward transferred the case from juvenile to adult court, both Archer and Bacon posted $75,000 bond and were released from jail.
The case has made an emotional impact in a town where the Archer name is on buildings named for family members.
“God is definitely with us,” Raymond Archer posted on his son’s Facebook page, in response to comments supportive of his post from the book of Psalms, 91:14-16. “He is with my son. I won’t say much, but I will say I am more proud of my son then ever before. He is a humble old soul. I love you, Isaac Archer... God has a plan.”
The Psalms quotation the father posted is: “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.”
Archer and Bacon were initially arrested Sunday morning at their respective homes not far from where the victim lives. Davis was arrested Tuesday after police put out a press release about the incident.
Archer, whose attorney is Hal Schuhmacher, is due before Judge Wayne Miller on March 1 for arraignment.
On Thursday night, Bacon’s case didn’t immediately show up in a search of the Monroe County Clerk’s online docket, and only Davis’ photo appears on the mug shot database provided online by the Sheriff’s Office.
Gwen Filosa: @KeyWestGwen