BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Tequandre Jacarius Flowers, 18, was arrested Thursday morning and charged with armed robbery and carrying a concealed firearm after allegedly taking cash that the victim had borrowed from his mother to “look cool” on Instagram.
According to a sworn complaint filed on July 16, Flowers and three juveniles had traveled from the east side of town to The Reserve at Kanapaha apartments on July 15 and were hanging around the victim’s apartment building to take Instagram pictures. The victim, also a juvenile, reportedly wanted to “look cool” by having a lot of cash in the pictures and borrowed $650 from his mother. After taking a few pictures, Flowers allegedly pulled a pistol from his waistband and demanded that the victim give him the cash. The victim told an Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputy that he thought he was joking at first, but after Flowers pulled the slide back on the pistol, he assumed Flowers would shoot him and gave him the money. The victim said that Flowers and the others then took off running. A witness reportedly showed the deputy a social media post of Flowers posing with a large amount of cash.
Flowers has been charged with armed robbery and carrying a concealed firearm without a license. He has a juvenile record and is being held on $250,000 bail.
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