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Charlotte County man facing robbery charges, now faces drug charges

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Posted: Tuesday, May 13, 2014 8:05 am

PORT CHARLOTTE, FL-A man arrested in connection with a robbery in January was returned to Charlotte County on Friday and additionally charged with selling narcotics in a separate incident.

Blake Scott Coker, 29, whose last reported address was 18382 Wayne Avenue in Port Charlotte, was transported to the Charlotte County Jail from Sarasota County on May 9, and booked on charges of Strong Armed Robbery and Grand Theft in connection with a January robbery and with Sale of Oxycodone and Possession of Oxycodone in connection with an unrelated incident in October 2013.  His total bond is $55,000.

According to reports, Coker met with Narcotics members during an undercover operation on October 28, 2013 and allegedly sold them four oxycodone pills.

Detectives identified Coker as the suspect in the January 13 strong armed robbery of a 71-year-old man when a man who identified himself to the victim as “Blake” grabbed the man’s gold chain and cross charm and ran away.

The victim had met Coker earlier in the day when Coker allegedly asked for work in doing painting for the victim.  The victim had paid “Blake” in advance for the work to be done, but “Blake” returned that evening to give the victim a receipt for the money.  While he was there, the victim said that “Blake” suddenly grabbed his necklace, pulling it with enough force to break the chain. 

Detectives obtained a warrant for Coker’s arrest the following day.  He was located by North Port Police Department within their jurisdiction that same day, January 14.  As a result of their contact with Coker, NPPD arrested Coker on their own, unrelated charges.  He was booked into the Sarasota County Jail pending the resolution of those charges.  He was transferred to Charlotte County Friday.

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