There’s a reason why Fort Pierce experienced such a drastic drop in crime from 2015 to 2016. LAURIE K. BLANDFORD/TCPALM
FORT PIERCE — In what is described as a marijuana deal gone wrong, police arrested an 18-year-old man on charges of first degree murder and robbery Saturday night, according to police spokesman Ed. Cunningham.
The shooting death is the city’s seventh this year, matching last year’s 12-month total.
Early Sunday Police arrested Port St. Lucie resident Nathan Lesser, 18, just hours after the gunfire in south Fort Pierce at a house in the 2900 block of Oleander Boulevard.
According to what police learned from witnesses, Lesser and another unidentified man, went to the house to buy marijuana at 10:15 p.m. Saturday, according to a police officials.
“Lesser pointed a .22 caliber handgun at several people in the house and told them not to move as the two suspects stole marijuana,” according to a statement released by police on Sunday.
“One of those people was the 19-year-old victim, who pursued the suspects as they ran away. During the pursuit, Lesser fired at the victim striking him in the chest,” according to the statement.
Investigators found the victim at the northeast corner at Oleander Boulevard and Emil Drive. Soon afterward, the person was pronounced at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center Heart Institute.
The investigation led to a Port St. Lucie house in the 400 block of Dailey Avenue.
There Port St. Lucie police joined with Fort Pierce police who went to the door and found Lesser.
A search warrant for the house led investigators finding several .22-caliber bullets bullets and clothing that was described as matching what an assailant was wearing at the time of the shooting and robbery in Fort Pierce.
More: Pair of murders over the weekend push Fort Pierce total to 6 this year
Prior to Saturday, the latest homicides were the weekend of Oct.14. On that day a man was found fatally stabbed in the chest in a house in the 2900 block of Avenue I. An investigation led to the arrest of his sister, 37-year-old city resident, Jaynease Rolle, 37, on a charge of second-degree murder of her brother, Ovince Charlotin, 29. He lived with her. Police found him on a living room couch with stab wounds to the center of his chest and upper arm.
The next day, at 11:30 p.m., a 32-year-old man was found fatally shot on the grounds outside the Madison Cay apartments in northwest Fort Pierce. Police continue investigating that crime. No arrests have been made.
About a half-hour later, a man was shot in the hip in the Douglas Court residential area at Avenue D and 12th Street, Cunningham said. The man was treated at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center Heart Institute.