Crime

Former roommates busted in beating over possessions

A fight over possessions at a Key Largo apartment Monday ended in the arrests of two people on felony robbery charges and a search for a third man.

Luis A. Armenteros, 26, and Chavely Y. Sanchez, 25, both of Key Largo were arrested in a sport utility vehicle near mile marker 106 after the 9 p.m. incident at 13-B Janet Place, off mile marker 101.7.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputies say they found a loaded .45-caliber handgun in the glove compartment of the white Ford Edge.

According to a Sheriff's Office report, a 17-year-old man was moving out of the apartment he had shared with Sanchez and Armenteros. His mother and grandmother were helping him.

"His two ex-roommates showed up, along with another man," Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said. "An argument took place over the ownership of property."

The victims said Armenteros pointed a gun at the teen while a man identified as Pudgy took a gold bracelet and chain from him.

"Sanchez beat and kicked the mother," Herrin said. "Pudgy then hit the mother in the head with a red-and-black baseball bat."

The mother sustained wounds to a finger, wrist and leg but declined ambulance transport.

After a be-on-the-lookout bulletin was issued, Deputy Kyle Page saw the Ford Edge headed north on U.S. 1 and pulled it over. Deputies John Shinkunas and Greg LaRochelle, along with Florida Highway Patrol troopers, provided backup.

Sanchez, driving the SUV, said the gun belonged to her. A red-and-black baseball bat was found in the back seat.

Sanchez was charged with aggravated battery, grand theft and robbery. Armenteros was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, robbery and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

Sanchez and Armenteros remained in the county jail Tuesday under bonds of $50,000 and $55,000, respectively.

Lee County booking information and news reports say Armenteros was one of four men arrested at a marijuana grow house near Fort Myers in March 2013. Officers seized 43 large marijuana plants. All the suspects were charged with felony trafficking. The outcome of that case was not available at press time.

Detective Bob Dosh is investigating the Monday robbery, and working with Miami-Dade police to find Pudgy.

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