3 men charged with beating, robbing man in Lake Worth

 

3 men charged with beating, robbing man in Lake Worth photo3 men charged with beating, robbing man in Lake Worth photoElias

Palm Beach County Sheriff’s deputies arrested three men late Monday night after the men allegedly held a 23-year-old man at gunpoint and then robbed him.

Arrested on charges of robbery with a firearm and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon are: 21-year-old Richard Elias, of Boynton Beach; 18-year-old Kenol Germain-Philistin, of Lake Worth; and 18-year-old Jeffry Saint-Philippe, of Boynton Beach.

In their first court appearance this morning, Circuit Court Judge Krista Marx ordered all three men be held without bond.

According to a probable cause affidavit, around 10:15 p.m. Monday, deputies and detectives responded to an unidentified address in Lake Worth in response to an armed robbery. The victim said he was robbed by three men and saw them get away in “a black Lincoln.”

The victim and a witness provided authorities with a license plate number, and a BOLO was sent to Boynton Beach Police, the affidavit says.

The victim – who is not named in the report – told police he was meeting friends in the area of Burgess Drive and Highsmith Court. After arriving, he called the but got no answer.

Then, Elias, Germain-Philistin and Saint-Philippe allegedly approached the victim and asked if he wanted to buy “weed or Xanax pills,” the affidavit says.

The victim turned down the offer and asked who the men were since he didn’t recognize him. Then, Elias allegedly grabbed the victim by his neck and shoved him in the Lincoln’s backseat while holding a gun at his abdomen.

Germain-Philistin and Saint-Philippe then searched the victim and took his wallet and cell phone, the affidavit says.

The victim was punched in the face four to five times. The men left once the victim acted like he was knocked out.

He then opened his eyes and saw the black Lincoln pull away.

The car, and the three men were found at 103 Boynton Beach Boulevard and were searched by Boynton police.

The victim’s BlackBerry and credit cards were found on Elias, the driver of the car.

Some .38 caliber rounds were found in a plastic bag on Saint-Philippe, who was in back seat of the car.

When officials searched Germain-Philistin, no evidence of a robbery was found, the affidavit says.

But in the vehicle was a dark-colored revolver.

All three men denied any involvement or knowledge of a robbery. Elias told detectives that either Germain-Philistin or Saint-Philippe gave him the BlackBerry and credit cards, and denied knowledge of the gun.

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