Deputies say armed man attempted a robbery outside a Bradenton bar

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Posted: Saturday, October 12, 2013 5:14 pm | Updated: 5:34 pm, Sat Oct 12, 2013.

BRADENTON--Manatee County Sheriff's Office Deputies were responding to a call at a bar in Bradenton early Saturday morning when they came upon an unrelated crime taking place.

MSO says 24-year-old Princeo Altidor attempted to rob a group of people as they left LaJula bar on 15th Street E. at around 2:40 a.m. As the group was getting into their car to leave, Altidor allegedly approached one of the victims armed with a revolver and reached for a Wells Fargo bank bag that was set on the car's back dashboard. A female witness began screaming, which prompted her brother-in-law to go after Altidor who was trying to walk away from the car, according to the sheriff's office report.

When deputies arrived at the scene to attend to an unrelated matter, they saw the altercation between the two men and tried separating them. MSO says that Altidor was not being compliant, and when they secured him, the revolver fell out of his pocket.

As a safety measure, deputies then searched Altidor and found a different, stolen revolver in his front pocket. A more thorough search of Altidor turned up more than five grams of hydrocodone, 12 grams of prescription Motrin and a little over a gram of crack cocaine.

Among the charges Altidor faces is armed burglary, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of a controlled substance. He was being held Saturday on a bond total of $29,120.

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