Two charged with armed robbery

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By Abdon Sidibe

INVERNESS — Two men were arrested last Thursday and Friday, accused of pistol-whipping a Crystal River man and then robbing him, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office.

Frutuosa Barros, 30, E. Ming Court, and Ryan T. Wilson, 21, Crystal Boulevard, were each charged with one count of robbery with a firearm or other dangerous weapon. Wilson and Barros’ bonds were $50,000 respectively.

According to an arrest report, the alleged victim told investigators he was at a friend’s house for a party and went behind the house to relieve himself when he was confronted by Barros and Wilson.

Barros, who also goes by the nickname Boston, asked the man if he knew who he was and the man replied he did not.

The alleged victim told investigators he knew Barros from a previous altercation and Barros had stolen a laptop computer from his friend.
The victim said Barros’ companion, Wilson, brandished what looked like 9mm semi-automatic handgun. He said the two suspects asked if he had anything on him and started going through his pockets. The alleged victim told investigators $120 in cash was lifted from his wallet and Barros and Wilson also took his cell phone and an iPod.

The victim said Wilson tried to punch him, but only grazed him. He said Wilson then used the butt of his handgun to hit him about his face, causing large lacerations, according to the report. Barros and Wilson then reportedly fled the area. According to the report, there was corroborating surveillance video to back up the victim’s version of events.

Wilson reportedly told investigators he felt manipulated and misled by Barros about the incident. He told investigators Barros had told him he had a score to settle with the people at the party, because they had jumped him several weeks earlier.

Barros and Wilson were arrested and transported to the Citrus County Detention Facility.