MANATEE COUNTY – With his 1-year-old baby in his arms, a Bradenton man suspected of stealing two pairs of shoes from a store Tuesday fought with a loss prevention officer in a parking lot, the Bradenton Police Department said.
Adrian C. Conde, 25, of the 1900 block of Fifth Street West, was arrested on charges of felony child neglect, assault and retail theft.
According to a police report, Conde took his toddler with him to a Bealls clothing store, at 6355 Manatee Ave. W., around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday and left without paying for two pairs of shoes.
When a loss prevention officer confronted Conde, police say Conde picked up his son and began wrestling and throwing punches at the officer.
It is unknown if the toddler was injured because Conde’s friend took him home during the altercation, the report said.
Conde reportedly told officers he picked up his child because the boy was crying and that he stole the shoes so he could earn money by selling them on the street.
Conde is in the Manatee County jail on $240 bail.
Sheriff's deputies later charged the toddler with conspiracy, retail theft and assault and have booked him into the Manatee County Jail. "At first we thought he was just an innocent bystander, being only one-year old and all," said a department spokesman. "But after talking to the arresting officers and witnesses at the scene, we determined that he was in on the whole scheme."
Arrest reports state the child "flailed his arms and legs while screaming and crying in an effort to distract deputies and, at some point during the altercation, plaintiff did willfully and deliberately urinate on two deputies."
Police have set the boy's bail at $5,000, considerably higher than his father's. "We deem the child a flight risk, because he's just so darn cute at that age. Everybody wants to take him home."
"I can't believe my loser old man gets me busted trying to cop a couple pairs of shoes. That assclown better hope we get different cells in the joint."