UPDATE: Teen Suspect Arrested After 3-Hour Standoff With Police Tuesday, Due In Court On Thursday
By Space Coast Daily // May 25, 2017
18-year-old Dominique Sanders Arrested After Standoff
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Cocoa Police and SWAT team members have arrested a 18-year-old suspect after a three-hour standoff with authorities on Tuesday.
Two other juvenile suspects were arrested prior to the standoff that were wanted for other alleged crimes.
According to Yvonne Martinez of the Cocoa Police Department, the three suspects were wanted on various felony warrants, however one of the suspects, 18-year-old Dominique Sanders, held police at bay for more than three hours.
Sanders was wanted by multiple agencies for felony crimes, noted Martinez.
In Cocoa, Sanders was wanted for the armed robbery of two juveniles that occurred back on April 21.
During the incident, Sanders and two other suspects robbed two 12-year-old boys at gunpoint as they walked to school. Authorities say the suspects stole a cell phone, a necklace and a watch from the victims.
The other two suspects were arrested shortly after the incident occurred, however, Sanders was believed to be the main aggressor, according to police.
The second suspect, unrelated to the April 21 incident, is identified as a 16-year-old juvenile. The suspect was wanted on charges from outside agencies that involved felony fleeing and eluding among other felonies. Last week, the teen fled from officers after crashing a stolen vehicle in front of an apartment on Flower Mound Lane in Cocoa.
Police say the third suspect, also a juvenile, was taken into custody.
Shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday, agents with the Game Over Task Force and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit spotted Sanders and the two juvenile suspects entering a home on the 500 block of Washington Ave. in Cocoa.
When officers made initial contact with the suspects, the juveniles surrendered, but Sanders would not immediately surrender.
Cocoa deployed multiple officers, including the crisis negotiation team and SWAT officers in an attempt to get Sanders to surrender peacefully.
After more than 3 hours, SWAT officers entered the home with a search warrant and were able to take Sanders into custody without further incident.
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ABOVE MAP: Shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday, agents with the Game Over Task Force and the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Unit spotted Sanders and the two juvenile suspects entering a home on the 500 block of Washington Ave.