Night out on town ends with 2 cousins charged with robbery

The victim says he was drinking with the men before being robbed.

Published: Wednesday, September 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 9:22 p.m.

Alachua County deputies arrested two cousins accused of robbing a man they had gone out drinking with Monday night.

Thomas Edward Franssen, 29, of 1024 N.E. First Ave., and Joseph Scott Weir, 23, of 5903 S.E. 229th Terrace in Hawthorne, were each charged with robbery.

The victim told Deputy William Johns that he had been drinking with Franssen and Weir before they gave him a ride to his home to get some money.

According to the victim, when he got back into the car, Franssen and Weir drove him in a different direction other than the one originally planned.

The victim said that when he asked his captors about the change of direction, Franssen and Weir told him they were going to beat him so he tried to get out of the car in the 2700 block of Southeast 41st Avenue.

According to Johns, the victim was pulled out of the car by the two men, who then hit him with their closed fists and kicked him.

The victim told Johns that Franssen and Weir took a small amount of cash from him before he could escape and call 911.

Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Steve Maynard said the victim was able to identify the men as cousins and the two were arrested a short time later, according to Maynard.

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