Facebook photos help police track, arrest robbery suspects

— Two teenagers have been arrested after police say they held a man at gunpoint and took cigarettes and a wallet with $180 in it.

Michael Agran,16, and Nigel Richardson, 18, both of Palm Beach Gardens, are facing a charge of robbery with a firearm. Richardson was booked in the Palm Beach County Jail Dec. 15. Agran was booked Dec. 29.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Jupiter police responded just after midnight Nov. 2 to the 6300 block of Garrett Street in the Heights of Jupiter regarding a robbery. The victim told officers that he had gone out to his car to get a sweatshirt when he was approached by Agran and Richardson. Each suspect pointed a handgun at the victim, and Richardson demanded the victim's money, telling him that the stick-up was no joke, the affidavit says.

The victim gave his wallet and cigarettes to Agran. Agran and Richardson then fled the scene on foot to a waiting car.

The victim told officers that he then returned to his home and described the incident to his parents and his younger brother, who immediately recognized the suspects. The brother pulled up a Facebook account which showed a picture, posted just hours earlier, of Richardson and Agran holding stacks of money. The victim identified them as the ones who robbed him, the affidavit says.

Detectives contacted the two suspects at Agran's Palm Beach Gardens residence. Agran and Richardson initially denied being in Jupiter at the time of the robbery, but when detectives told them they were identified through Facebook pictures, they had no explanations, according to the affidavit.

On Nov. 4 detectives met with the victim's brother, who had identified the suspects. The brother informed the detectives that on a prior occasion he went to Agran's house to pick up a friend and Agran asked him for a ride to the gas station.

At the gas station, Agran pulled out a gun and complained that his "muzzle was messed up," the affidavit says. Agran then ejected a .22-caliber bullet from the gun's chamber.

The victim's brother drove Agran back to his home, and asked the friend he was picking up why Agran had a gun. The friend said it was for protection.

According to the affidavit, that same friend had previously told the victim's brother that Agran was involved in another armed robbery in which that victim was pistol whipped.

Agran is being held in lieu of $15,000 bond. No bond amount was available for Richardson as of this morning.