Bradenton, Florida -- Manatee County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a man wanted in the armed robbery of an elderly woman as she left a Bradenton Walmart store Monday morning.
Deputies say around 11:30 a.m., a man, later identified by investigators as 25-year-old Jeffrey Hassen, approached the 79-year-old woman, flashed a knife and stole her purse as she was getting into her car in the 2900 block of 53rd Avenue E.
Deputies showed up at Hassen's home in the 5600 block of 41st Street E to arrest him, but he decided to go into custody the hard way. When deputies got inside, Hassen was sleeping in a back bedroom and refused to obey commands to come out and surrender. Deputies sent in a K-9 who found him hiding under clothes in the bedroom closet.
He was taken to Manatee Memorial Hospital where he was treated for dog bites and later taken to jail.