Homeless Man Uses Pellet Gun in Robbery
Steven Mercer Dorsey Jr., was arrested and charged with armed robbery, armed carjacking and two counts of hit and run after using a pellet gun to rob a Clearwater man Sunday morning, according to police.
A homeless man was arrested for armed robbery after using an airsoft gun to rob a Clearwater man and take his car Sunday morning, according to police.
Steven Mercer Dorsey Jr., was arrested and charged with armed robbery, armed carjacking and two counts of hit and run after using what appeared to be an automatic handgun to rob Ryan Wilkens, police said.
"Generally speaking, replica guns can look very realistic. Add the fact that someone believes his or her life is in danger, that person is not likely to determine whether or not it’s a real gun or replica at that time," said Elizabeth Watts, police spokeswoman. "While we hope people don’t find themselves in a situation where they have a gun pointed in their face; if they are, they should comply. There is no property more valuable than your life."
Dorsey Jr., 19, approached Ryan Wilkens, 25, at 4:15 a.m. Sunday as he parked his 1996 Chevy Cavalier near MacArthur Park Apartments, 2690 Drew St. He threatened Wilkens with what appeared to be a black and silver automatic handgun, according to police. Dorsey Jr. ordered Wilkens to empty his pockets and lay on the ground. That's when he took Wilkens' wallet, cell phone, keys and cars, according to police.
A few hours later an officer found the stolen Cavalier near 3004 Brigadoon Drive. As the officer approached, Dorsey Jr., leaned the driver chair up from a reclining position, started the car and tried to flee.
In the process, he hit a parked vehicle which disabled the Cavalier, according to police. Dorsey Jr. is being held on more than $200,000 bond.