Suspect steals security guard’s gun, fires it into the air
Boca Raton, FL – During the early morning hours of November 1, 2013, officers from the Boca Raton Police Services Department were called to the clubhouse at the San Marco apartments on Military Trail after a party got out of control.
The security guard told detectives that while he was trying to break up the fight he felt someone grab his firearm. When he turned around, the person holding the gun, later identified as Michael Bell, refused to give it back until the security guard stopped the fight. While trying again to stop the fight, the security guard heard the suspect fire the gun three times into the air. The crowd quickly dispersed and the security guard asked again for Bell to give him his gun. Bell returned the gun and then fled the area.
Detectives located and spoke to Bell. Bell told officers that he and two other friends crashed the party. It was during that time that the fight broke out and one of Bell’s friends was being attacked by five to seven people. Nervous that the fight was going to get out of hand, Bell said he grabbed the gun and fired it in the air.
Bell was arrested and charged with Robbery by Sudden Snatching (firearm), Aggravated Assault and Discharging a Firearm in Public.
Michael Anthony Bell, Jr.
Boca Raton, FL