Port Charlotte man charged with robbery of a disabled person

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Posted: Tuesday, May 6, 2014 8:18 am

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- District detectives arrested a Port Charlotte man on Saturday after he allegedly threatened a disabled woman and took money from her twice.

According to reports, the victim was walking home from the store in the area of Quesada Avenue and Forrest Nelson Blvd. on Saturday around noon when two men approached her.  The victim, who has difficulty seeing, said one man got close enough for her to recognize as someone she had seen before.

The man allegedly told the victim he wanted money or he would make a phone call that would likely cause her to be arrested.  The woman said she was afraid of what the man might do, so she gave him some money from her purse and the men rode away on bicycles.

The victim said the same man came back as she was continuing to walk home along Quesada Avenue and asked for more money.  The woman said she was still afraid of what the man might do, so she gave him some more money.  When she got home, the woman called a relative who called the Sheriff’s Office to report the incident.

Detectives were able to identify the man involved as 24-year-old Shane Hudson of Port Charlotte.  Deputies located Hudson in the area of Forrest Nelson Boulevard. 

During the investigation, detectives interviewed the victim and other witnesses, including personnel at the Pik n’ Run, located at 20101 Peachland Blvd. in Port Charlotte.  While at the convenience store, detectives reviewed video footage that showed Hudson exiting the store with merchandise without paying for it.

Hudson was arrested on charges of Robbery without a Firearm, Dealing in Stolen Property and Retail Theft (Third or Subsequent Offense).  He is being held at the Charlotte County Jail on a total $16,000 bond.

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