Four Men Charged, One Hospitalized in Armed Robbery

NEWS RELEASE 17-172 - JULY 19, 2017
Welch, David   Morley, Henry  Reid, Deshawn
Welch                                          Morley                                               Reid

The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office charged four men in connection with an Armed Robbery and subsequent shooting that occurred just before midnight on Tuesday in Sarasota.

Deputies responded to a business located at 3251 17th Street, just after 11:30 p.m., for reports of a robbery. According to store employees, two suspects wearing dark clothing and masks, entered the business. One suspect brandished a firearm and the other battered an employee. One of the victims armed himself with a gun and shot three rounds at the suspects before both men fled in an unknown direction. Responding deputies found blood on the floor and recovered the suspect’s firearm which was left behind during the robbery.

During the investigation, the public safety communications center received a second call reporting that a man suffering from a gunshot wound was being taken to the hospital. With the new information, deputies responded to the hospital and made contact with the caller and three other men within his vehicle. The injured suspect, Shawnathan Young, DOB 05/29/96, was admitted to the emergency room.

Detectives interviewed the driver, David Welch, DOB 01/18/99, and passengers, Henry Morley, DOB 12/23/96, and Deshawn Reid, DOB 02/15/94. Through investigation and admissions, detectives connected all four men with the crime. Each are charged with a single count of felony Armed Robbery. Young remains in the hospital as the investigation continues.