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Suspected strong arm robber caught  

Early Saturday morning Key West police chased down and caught a Miami man suspected of strong arm robbery.

At about 5 a.m., a man hit the victim in the eye and took his $480 bicycle at the corner of Petronia and Thomas streets, the 35-year-old victim told Key West police officers. He said the attacker headed toward Baptist Lane.

Officer Lisa Caicedo spotted a shoe on the ground next to a Baptist Lane house and then saw a man in a black hooded sweatshirt, jean shorts and wearing one black shoe hiding under the house. That matched what was worn by the man they were looking for. But the man crawled under the house and ran off, jumping a Thomas Street fence.

At about 7:30 a.m., a Baptist Lane resident told Officer Matt Dorgan he saw at a Baptist Lane house the man he thought the police were looking for and who was wearing one shoe. Dorgan went there and saw the man matching the suspectís description on an upstairs balcony. He tried to hide, but Dorgan went upstairs and detained him.

The man gave reportedly Dorgan a false name, so Dorgan arrested Ernest James Goodman, 27, of Miami, for that and took him to the county jail, where Dorgan discovered Goodman was also wanted on two outstanding arrest warrants for drug charges.

At 10:15 that night, Caicedo found the victim, who identified Goodman from a photograph as the man who hit him and took his bicycle. Goodman was additionally charged with strong arm robbery and resisting arrest without violence.



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