PORT ST. LUCIE — An 18-year-old man and four younger teens were arrested Friday in connection with an elaborate heist in which another teen was robbed of his pricey Nike Foamposite shoes, according to records obtained Monday and a police spokesman.
A 16-year-old boy identified as the victim told Port St. Lucie police he went to the Southwest Oxford Terrace home of another juvenile after school.
The victim said once he got there, a 17-year-old boy came in the garage and hit him in the head and chest. The teen assailant, according to the victim, said he had a gun and demanded his $760 Nike Foamposite shoes. The teen assailant knocked him to the ground, stole his footwear and ran.
The victim got in his vehicle and drove to the area where he last saw the accused shoe stealer. He said the shoe thief got in a black Honda with three people in it. The victim followed the Honda before the shoe thief jumped out near Southwest Inlander Avenue. Police found the shoe stealer's wallet in the 1800 block of Southwest Inlander Avenue.
The victim called 911 and police stopped the Honda, which was being driven by a 17-year-old boy, on Southwest Rosser Boulevard. Andrew Roa, 18, and a 17-year-old boy were passengers. Police also found the accused shoe stealer.
The 16-year-old boy at the Southwest Oxford Terrace house told police the accused shoe stealer spoke to him earlier in the day and asked if he'd "set (the victim) up." The 16-year-old boy at the Southwest Oxford Terrace house initially said no but later said he had.
"Just go in there and do it," he is quoted as telling the shoe stealer.
Meanwhile, the 17-year-old Honda driver told police the accused shoe stealer approached him after school, asking him to drive him to take the victim's shoes. He said the shoe stealer got in the front seat, while his friends — Roa and a 17-year-old — got in back. They followed the victim's vehicle, arriving at the Southwest Oxford Terrace home.
The accused shoe stealer told him to drive past the home. The driver did and let the shoe stealer out. They waited until the shoe stealer returned with the footwear.
The shoe stealer denied being involved, but later said he gave the shoes to someone to hold. The shoe stealer declined to provide additional information.
Roa, the 17-year-old Honda driver, the 17-year-old Honda passenger and the 16-year-old on Southwest Oxford Terrace each were arrested on a robbery charge.
The 17-year-old accused shoe stealer was arrested on robbery and grand theft charges.
Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers customarily does not name juveniles accused of crimes but does name some juveniles depending on the seriousness of the crime, their age, aggravating circumstances and other factors.