[PHOTO CREDIT: Lake County Sheriff’s Office]
[Original Publish Date: 11/10/20]
CLERMONT, Florida — A Clermont man who turned 18 less than two months ago is accused of attempting to rob two juveniles, and slicing one of their hands with a knife, according to an arrest affidavit.
Julian Ph’Shaun Cheese is accused of sending a Snapchat follow request — using his real name — to a 17-year-old boy on Oct. 28 and asking him to meet up at a local park; the victim is known for playing basketball, he first told Clermont Police. After the victim told Cheese he was at Chick Fil A, 2585 East Highway 50, Clermont, the victim and a 17-year-old female friend were watching on a movie on the boy’s phone in his car and she fell asleep, the victim told police.
Cheese and a white or Hispanic male approached the vehicle and entered through the rear doors, around 3:15 p.m., according to the affidavit. Cheese put his left arm around the victim’s neck and said, “Give me all your stuff,” and as the victim tried to defend himself, he was cut on his left hand by a knife Cheese was holding. The juvenile female jumped to the backseat and began to fight and yell at the suspects and they fled in a black sedan, the victim told police.
Police spoke with the female, who was crying and emotional, told police the same story as the victim and said she “felt bad” for the victim and did not know why the suspects would rob him. She denied any involvement in drugs, the CPD detective noted in the affidavit.
Detectives searched the vehicle and found a digital scale in the console with a green leafy residue and a grinder in the truck that also had a green leafy residue. The female’s backpack was searched, and detectives found multiple vape pens containing THC oil, according to the affidavit. The female told police the male victim sells vape pens and she “holds” the vape pens to help him avoid detection by his parents, the affidavit states.
The victim denied selling the pens at first, but later admitted it and told police he believed Cheese and his accomplice wanted to meet to make a purchase. When he refused, he told police, they found him at Chick Fil A and attempted to rob him. It is unclear if the juveniles are facing any charges.
Later that same evening, around 9:15 p.m., CPD responded to a suspicious vehicle investigation being conducted by Lake County Sheriff’s Office deputies. The black Mercedes, which matched the description from the attempted robbery, was being driven by Cheese, according to the affidavit. The car was searched and a white shirt with what appeared to be bloodstains was found. The shirt was taken into evidence and the car was seized as evidence and taken to secure storage, the affidavit states, where it was searched. Police found a vape pen cartridge containing THC oil in a black backpack that also contained Cheese’s Lake Minneola High School identification, according to the affidavit.
Cheese was later identified as the suspect in two photo line-ups and was arrested Thursday for attempted armed robbery, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and possession of hash oil. He was released from the Lake County Jail on $62,000 bond.
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