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Two Men Arrested After 'Discussing Crime On Facebook'

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Two Men Arrested After 'Discussing Crime On Facebook'

Two men have been charged with armed robbery after cops in Florida allegedly caught them talking about their crimes on social media.

Manatee County Sheriff's Office says Patrick Smith, 23, and Darquez Manning, 22, had conversations before and after the robbery.

Smith is now being held without bond after prior bonds were revoked while he was awaiting trial on a felony possession of ammunition and resisting arrest charges, The Bradenton Herald reports.

Manning is being held on a $50,000 bond.

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Manatee County Sheriff's Office says a friend of Smith's got in touch with him on 27 June to buy weed, but when he arrived to pick it up, he was robbed at gunpoint and beaten.

According to the arrest warrant, a fight broke out during the robbery.

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Authorities have alleged things turned physical because Smith told Manning to kill the victims, and Manning fired a shot that hit the victim's car tyre.

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The men are then alleged to have driven off with property belonging to the victims.

The victims identified Smith the next day, but Manning was identified until 6 July by a palm print taken off the victim's car.

Police then filed a search warrant to gain access to Manning's Facebook and Snapchat accounts.

Officials say a stream of messages were shared between Manning and Smith on 27 June and the early hours of 28 June.

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It's alleged the men discussed robbing the victims just hours before the crime took place.

And then at 1am, three hours after the robbery, Manning sent Smith a message saying 'investigating', followed by another which read: "They ova in the area ... looking."

Manning then asked Smith if he still had the victim's chain.

The final message was sent from Manning to Smith reminding him to delete his messages.

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But it seems as though he didn't follow that particular instruction.

This is not the first time cops have used people's social media messages to help lead to their arrest.

Following the Capitol Hill riots back in January, investigators from the FBI combed through Facebook messages of alleged rioters.

According to a study by the Program on Extremism at the George Washington University, social media was referenced in 78 percent of the 92 criminal complaints filed in the investigations of the riots.

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Of these, 38 percent were said to have included social media posts from someone who was later charged.

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Topics: US News, crime

Claire Reid
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