Man arrested in Charlotte County for strong armed robbery

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Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014 8:00 am | Updated: 11:05 am, Wed Jan 15, 2014.

**UPDATE** -- Deputies have arrested Blake Coker for the robbery.

PORT CHARLOTTE, FL-Sheriff’s Office detectives are searching for a Port Charlotte man who is wanted on charges of Strong Armed Robbery after he allegedly grabbed a necklace from a 71 year old victim.

District detectives have obtained a warrant for the arrest of Blake Scott Coker, 28, who listed a last known address of 18382 Wayne Street in Port Charlotte.  He is described as being a white male, about 5 ft. 6 inches tall and weighing about 130 pounds.  He has tattoos on both arms.

On Monday evening, the victim reported that he had met Coker earlier in the day while the victim was working in his yard in the 2000 block of Pellam Blvd.  He said that Coker, who introduced himself as “Blake,” asked if there was any work he could do. 

After working out an arrangement for work to be done and payment, Coker again contacted the victim in order to provide him with a receipt.  When Coker arrived at the house Monday evening, the victim noted that Coker was staring at his gold chain and cross he was wearing. 

The victim told deputies that Coker suddenly reached out, grabbed the necklace and pulled it with enough force to cause it to break from around the victim’s neck.  Coker then fled on foot down the street.

When last seen by the victim, Coker was wearing a blue ball cap, white T-shirt with Sherwin-Williams on the front and blue sweatpants.  He may be riding a black bicycle.  He is known to frequent the North Port area.

Anyone with information on the location of Blake Scott Coker is asked to please call the Sheriff’s Office at (941) 639-2101, or Crime Stoppers at 800-780-TIPS (8477).

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