Patrick Leles Fernandes, 23, was charged with robbery with a firearm after he arranged for his friend to be robbed during a drug deal gone awry, Delray Beach police said.
Officers responded April 6 to a report of a shooting during an armed robbery at 638 Avocet Road in Delray Beach.
Brothers Mitchel Evan Das Chagas, 27, and Scott Das Chagas, initially told investigators that Fernandes arrived at Mitchel’s home to pick him up so they could go to a casino together, the police report says.
Mitchel Das Chagas said he went to his truck to get his wallet. While he was getting his wallet, an unknown black man in Fernandes car robbed him at gunpoint of $2,000, deputies said.
Deputies said Mitchel Das Chagas was meeting Fernandes to sell him 2 pounds of marijuana.
Mitchel Das Chagas said he arranged the meeting with Fernandes several days earlier and that the marijuana was a share that they bought together, according to the police report.
Mitchel Das Chagas told authorities that as he was approaching Fernandes to sell the marijuana for $2,000, an unknown black man came from behind his truck and pointed a handgun at him.
The black man said he was “psycho” and told Mitchel Das Chagas to drop the marijuana, according to the police report.
Fernandes picked up the marijuana after Mitchel Das Chagas dropped it. Fernandes entered the passenger seat of the same vehicle and left with the man, deputies said.
Fernandes did not attempt to contact Mitchel, attempt to run away or stop the robbery, authorities said.
The brothers chased the men, who were inside Mitchel’s car, on foot.
When Scott Das Chagas tried to open the passenger door where the unknown black man was seated, he was shot.
Mitchel Das Chagas said he doesn’t know the identity of the black man.
Fernandes is Mitchel Das Chagas’ friend, and they’ve known one another for “several years,” according to the police report.
Scott Das Chagas lost two to three fingers as a of the shooting, investigators said.
Shortly after the robbery, Fernandes blocked Mitchel Das Chagas from Facebook. Preliminary findings show that Fernandes deleted his Facebook account.