Two accused of planning armed robbery

Published: Friday, January 13, 2012 at 11:26 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 13, 2012 at 8:23 p.m.

A man and woman were taken to jail Thursday after police said they helped plan a drug-related robbery during which a man was pistol-whipped.

The victim told investigators the robbery probably was planned because he owed pills to one of the suspects.

Willie Clentis Sharp Jr., 37, of 925 SE 43rd St., and Michelle Lynn Hebert, 33, of 6015 NW 108th Place, were arrested by the Gainesville Police Department on a charge of conspiracy.

In an arrest report, Sgt. Mike Schentrup said the robbery happened Thursday around 5:45 p.m. outside the 53-year-old victim's apartment in the 3000 block of Southwest Archer Road. Schentrup wrote that the robber who pistol-whipped the victim had not been identified by late Thursday.

Sharp and Hebert are suspected of setting up the robbery. Hebert is accused of accompanying the victim to a pain clinic in Ocala, where he picked up new prescriptions, and then telling him Sharp was planning to have him robbed when he got back home.

The victim told Schentrup that Hebert had dropped him off and he was walking toward his door when he was approached by another man with a black handgun.

The victim said he was hit on the left side of the head, leaving him with a wound that still was bleeding when police arrived.

According to the arrest report, the robber took the victim's pills, keys, cellphone and wallet before fleeing in a gray sport utility vehicle.

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