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Suspect Demands $20 to Return Stolen Cell Phone, Charged with Extortion

BROOKSVILLE – A Brooksville man faces several serious charges after officials say he stole a woman’s cell phone and held it for ransom.

According to reports, deputies responded to R Place Bar and Grill on West Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd, Sunday, where a woman claimed that someone had stolen her cell phone and was demanding $20 to return it. Officials say 51-year-old Barry Lee Rrooks spoke to the victim and agreed to return to the bar if she gave him $20. Deputies lie in wait and observed Brooks exchange the victim’s phone for a $20 bill and then announced their presence. When Rooks saw the deputies he fled the scene but was captured a short distance away.

Rooks is charged with Extortion, Grand Theft, and Resisting Arrest.

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  • Real News Reader… Get off your high horse. Spend your efforts volunteering someplace where running your mouth is really needed. In addition if what you got out of reading this article is just spelling mistakes, then you are wasting your time reading it.

    Thursday, 25 May 2017, 12:20 am
  • Just a note…the article had his last name spelled 3 different ways. Just typos I’m sure, hopefully it’s easy to correct. Proofing is a pain, would just hate it if that was the article that ended up on national news with errors shown. Not that it will but I’m sure you treat every piece of material you write with the same expectation of proper reporting.

    Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 12:01 pm
    • @ Real News Reader…let me guess, you ALWAYS use a pen or a permanent marker when you write something and you NEVER in your entire life have used an eraser!! If you have ever made a mistake in your life, you are not perfect. I know I have used plenty of erasers in my life, therefore, I am not perfect. The point I am making is, I can guarantee you that Tom has used plenty of erasers in his life, therefore, he is not perfect.
      Why don’t you ease up off of Tom?

      Tuesday, 23 May 2017, 8:53 pm
  • He had her phone , and he held it for ransom in the heart of the cold cold city…………he had nasty reputation as a cru-el dude………they said he was ruthless , said he was crude……..

    Monday, 22 May 2017, 4:58 pm
  • Add the following charge, being stupid in public with felony moprey.

    Monday, 22 May 2017, 4:52 pm
  • i would laugh at the absurdity of this story, but sadly it’s true! what the hell is wrong with people?!?

    Monday, 22 May 2017, 4:18 pm
  • He may be a jerk but these cops are ridiculous with the crap they come up to charge people with.

    Monday, 22 May 2017, 3:44 pm
    • Really.
      He stole the cellphone. Then extorted money and then ran. What ridiculous charges are there ?? What is ridiculous is stupid people posting in public their stupidity.

      Monday, 22 May 2017, 5:13 pm

      Monday, 22 May 2017, 5:44 pm
  • I hope I never need 20 bucks that bad. What a moron!

    Monday, 22 May 2017, 3:42 pm
  • Einstein!

    Monday, 22 May 2017, 3:10 pm
  • Tom you sure you got the name of the bar and street correct ????

    Monday, 22 May 2017, 3:04 pm
      • Yes both of those are correct, the bars name is R place and it’s on the corner of MLK.

        Monday, 22 May 2017, 3:38 pm
        • Its not Rplace anymore hasnt been for over a year

          Monday, 22 May 2017, 3:42 pm
      • Its no longer Rplace anymore

        Monday, 22 May 2017, 3:44 pm

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