Facebook Meet to Buy Cell Phones Leads to Robbery
BROOKSVILLE – On Saturday, police responded to Tom Varn Park after a man was brutally attacked by several suspects during a premeditated robbery.
The victim, Anthony Arenz says he began negotiations with a female on Facebook to purchase two iPhone 6 cellphones. The two agreed to meet at Tom Varn Park to make the transaction but instead of coming alone she was accompanied by four other individuals.
Arenz says nothing seemed suspicious and that everyone seemed to get along; he even played a short game of basketball with one of the suspects, prior to making the transaction.
Without warning Arenz says one of the suspects punched him in the face with a pair of brass knuckles, causing a large gash over his eye. When Arenz fell to the ground the suspect placed his knee on his neck, threatened to kill him and then sliced his face with a box cutter.
During the attack, another suspect rifled through Arenz pockets and stole his motorcycle keys and $980 in cash. After taking Arenz property, one of the suspects jumped on Arenz Honda Shadow Motorcycle and drove away; the other suspects fled on foot towards the Jerome Brown Center.
A woman who witnessed the incident called 911 and within minutes several Police Officers arrived on scene.
Arenz was transported to the hospital, where he was treated for his injuries and released the same day.
His motorcycle was recovered undamaged a few blocks away and towed to the Brooksville Police Station for processing.
Chief George Turner says the case has been handed over to detectives and is under investigation.
Following the incident, Arenz began his own investigation in an attempt to locate his attackers. He even contacted the woman who organized the attack and during a phone conversation, the woman said she admitted to being involved in planning the robbery. We are not releasing the names of the suspects until the investigation is closed or arrests are made.
Arenz says the woman begged for forgiveness and says she didn’t know they were going to hurt him that bad. She also said one of suspects was armed with a handgun and after the attack he (the suspect) stated to her “I was going to shoot the Mother F****r.”
During that same phone conversation he asked the woman, “what if my girlfriend and children were with me?” She said, “We were going to punch your girlfriend in the face.” Arenz girlfriend and two young daughters were with him prior to the attack.
The suspects are described as 3 black males and two black females in their late teens or early twenties. One of the females may be a minor.
No arrests have been made and the investigation continues.
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