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Suspect in robbery arrested

LAKE PLACID - A local man was arrested this morning in connection with a robbery that occurred at 140 St. Lucie St. in Sun 'N Lakes Lake Placid on Jan. 5, authorities said Thursday.

Alkheem Rasheed Portee, 18, 175 Curve St., Lake Placid, was arrested and charged with grand theft, armed robbery and illegal use of credit cards.

A victim had reported that he was walking on St. Lucie Street when a car stopped, a man got out and began chasing him, Nell Hays, public information officer for the Highlands County Sheriff's Office, said in a press release.

Hays said the victim was struck with a handgun and robbed.

Anyone with information about other suspects in the case is requested to contact the Highlands County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Unit and Detective Bret Hinkle at (863)381-0669 or (863) 402-7252. Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Heartland Crime Stoppers at (800) 226-TIPS(8477), or on the Internet at www.heartlandcrimestoppers.con.