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Teens Charged with Armed Robbery After Botched Marijuana Heist

SPRING HILL – A former Weeki Wachee High School student is behind bars today, after officials say he and another teen robbed an acquaintance at gunpoint, for what they thought was a backpack containing marijuana.

According to reports, on the night of Sunday September 27th, 18-year-old Nicolas Dane Swafford and two friends were driving westbound on Spring Hill Drive, when Swafford noticed an acquaintance riding a bicycle. Swafford stated the he had “issues” with the victim so he told the driver to pull over at DeCarlo Ave. When he was exiting the car, Swafford stated that he was going to take the victim’s backpack because he usually carries marijuana. Both Swafford and a co-defendant (Whose Identity we are not releasing at this time, due to his age) approached the victim. At that time, the co-defendant produced a handgun, pointed it at the victim, and demanded that he turn over the backpack. The victim complied and the pair ran back to the vehicle and fled the area. According to the driver, who was not charged, Swafford and the co-defendant searched the backpack for marijuana but all they found was school papers and a bottle of rubbing alcohol.

It is unknown what led investigators to Swafford and his co-defendant’s arrest but according to officials, during an interview Swafford admitted to his part in the crime. Swafford is charged with 1 count of Armed Robbery and remains behind bars at this time on $50,000 bond.

In addition to the new charge, Swafford’s bond has now been revoked related to a previous charge of Possession of Marijuana.

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  • Praise God almighty I live in brooksville;I hate it that kids get into narcotics at such a young,irrational,poor decision making age.

    Friday, 18 December 2015, 1:18 am
  • so a minor had possession of a concealed handgun? Where did it come from and was there additional charges for this?

    Wednesday, 16 December 2015, 9:39 pm
  • Hint to neighbors and school aged children…carry parsley in a Baggie in your back pack….

    Wednesday, 16 December 2015, 12:25 am
  • Business as usual in Crime Hill

    Tuesday, 15 December 2015, 7:06 pm
  • This kid is a punk.!! He thinks he is some hard [email protected]$ thug, when really he is soft as baby [email protected]$*!! He is getting what he deserves. KARMA!!

    Tuesday, 15 December 2015, 2:36 pm
  • Yungstar…Tampa?????….now that’s funny…

    Tuesday, 15 December 2015, 11:16 am
  • Wow, 3 arrests this year, drugs, VOP, and now a weapon-related crime. Peace out, Nico, you have chosen how you will spend your future. They say it only hurts the first time.

    Tuesday, 15 December 2015, 9:07 am
  • Hernadoguy liberal god may we speak on the weed please dont want to offend your kill a baby save a tree butt shut up guns amd robbery is the topic sorry dont call the pc police

    Tuesday, 15 December 2015, 7:26 am
  • Dear Judge: here is another living turd in Spring Hill. The Sheriffs did there job, now you do yours, put this piece of s**t away. The citizens are watching this closely.

    Tuesday, 15 December 2015, 5:22 am
  • Hey Sam do you have a problem with alcohol being legal? ..

    Monday, 14 December 2015, 10:50 pm
  • Pretty sure my ex-girls brother ran with this kid. LOL Bunch of wannabe thugs, they are all a trip, talk big, point finger guns, then they pull one? Probably cocked it sideways, since they ‘with the shits’… These Spring Hill kids need to take a trip with me to Tampa…. They’d all be stripped and robbed in the middle of the street for their words, now THAT would be Karma working its magic (y)

    Monday, 14 December 2015, 10:38 pm
  • He got let off with a home invasion and had to put up his grandmas house for bail then goes and does something like this again lol I’ll pray for your butthol

    Monday, 14 December 2015, 10:13 pm
  • Nico…. So senseless . always put others down & look where it gets you. Karma at its finest .

    Monday, 14 December 2015, 9:17 pm
  • Can’t blame drugs sam, kids an idiot always has been. Happy to see he finally got his.

    Monday, 14 December 2015, 8:55 pm
  • Hernandoguy and your mamma raised a dang fool, you can’t spell and are bound to be on the floor after your first shot of booze. You better get a good stock of booze in to Celebrate the loss of the Dummycrats BTW! THIS
    WAS ABOUT DRUGS! GUNS AND THUGS! NOT THE DEBATE. Simple simon!!

    Monday, 14 December 2015, 8:47 pm
  • Do we still have the “10, 20, life” law in this state? If so, he’ll be inside for 10 years minimum…

    Monday, 14 December 2015, 8:36 pm
  • Ain’t drugs great! Don’t tell me they don’t impair your ability to think clearly!

    Monday, 14 December 2015, 8:09 pm
  • His mamma is probably the puurdiest girl in the trailer park! Looking forward to the Repukelican debate tomorrow, the official drinking game is to do a shot every time you hear the word “extremest”

    Monday, 14 December 2015, 8:00 pm
  • don’t drop the soap you fat retard

    Monday, 14 December 2015, 7:54 pm
  • Wanta-be gangster, BAM! $50,000 bond.
    Way to start out your life of crime. Your gangster friends must be ratting you out to catch a deal.

    Monday, 14 December 2015, 7:36 pm
  • Nico is a perfect example of a low life , scum , piece of s*** . No one in Hernando county likes him and he is finally getting what he deserves . he thinks he’s some big shot , but hides behind his so called “thug” friends . All those friends can’t help you now buddy . Have fun being someone’s bitch in jail , even though you’ve always been one outside as well .

    Monday, 14 December 2015, 7:30 pm
  • Stuck on STUPID!!!!

    Monday, 14 December 2015, 7:16 pm
  • I fought the LAW and the LAW won. Good job HCSO get this element out of Spring Hill.

    Monday, 14 December 2015, 7:03 pm
  • What a couple of idiot punks, hope they keep them in jail for a while

    Monday, 14 December 2015, 6:59 pm
  • flip’n punk! pull a gun on me and see what happens

    Monday, 14 December 2015, 6:50 pm

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