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Posted: Thursday, September 5, 2013 11:45 am

BRADENTON, Fla. - Manatee County detectives have arrested a man they say was part of an armed robbery last month in which two men were lured to the scene by two women.

The incident happened in the early morning hours of August 19th in Bradenton.  According to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office, the two Hispanic male victims met two Hispanic girls at a restaurant who later asked the men to follow them to a residence in the 3400 block of 43rd Terrace East.  Upon arrival at the house, three masked Hispanic males with guns approached them and took their cash, jewelry and car keys.

The men left the scene in the victim's truck, which was later found and returned.

On August 29th, two women believed to be the suspects in the crime were arrested.  22-year-old Diana Suarez and 18-year-old Leslie Escajeda were charged with Armed Robbery and Armed Carjacking.

Wednesday night, detectives arrested 22-year-old Cristian Barrera in connection to the same incident.  He has been charged with Armed Robbery, Armed Carjacking, and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card.

Suarez and Escajeda are also suspects in an incident on August 26th, in which a Bradenton man was talking to a Hispanic woman who was asking for directions when he was grabbed by several armed men, robbed, stripped, and had his car stolen.

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