Four men were arrested on suspicion of violently beating a vehicle with a baseball bat while a man and teenager were inside during a robbery attempt in Viera.
According to a police report, a black Dodge Neon car blocked in another vehicle in the parking lot of a community pool at 2245 Bayhill Drive late Tuesday.
“After blocking them into the park, a black male wearing a mask, broke all the windows of the vehicle and demanded both victims to empty out their pockets and give up all of their valuables,” the report reads.
The robber yielding the baseball bat beat the man and a 17-year-old boy inside the car with the weapon, the report says. The gang of robbers fled a short time after the attack, according to Local 6 news partner Florida Today.
The victims sustained minor injuries.
Rockledge police spotted a black Dodge Neon about 2 a.m. Wednesday near Murrell Road and Levitt Parkway. Thinking it was connected to the robbery, an officer pulled over the car and found five people inside. The police report says the victims identified the suspects as their attackers, and officers found a baseball bat and “clown mask” under the front passenger seat. Four of the car's occupants were arrested.
The following men were arrested on the listed charges related to the incident:
Desmion J. Dupree, 20, attempted armed robbery with a deadly weapon, aggravated child abuse with a deadly weapon, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, felony criminal mischief
Darrian A. Haupt, 18, Tiler S. Moore, 21,and Robert T. Brennan, 19; principal to armed robbery with a deadly weapon, principal to aggravated child abuse with a deadly weapon, principal to aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, principal to felony criminal mischief, violation of probation