OKEECHOBEE — After reportedly cleaning out the bank account of a family member, a local man was arrested. Bradley Brown, 31, was charged with grand theft and resisting arrest with violence on March 29. Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Deputy Albaro Arana responded to the jail lobby around 1 p.m. after the relative went in to file a complaint. The woman told him she and her husband went out of town for the weekend leaving Brown alone in the house. When she went to the bank Monday morning to withdraw some cash, she was told there was no money in the account. The bank said transactions were made through a cash app by Brown. The total amount taken was $1,400.
When she was asked where Brown could be found, the woman reportedly said he was at home passed out.
According to his report, Arana found Brown sitting slumped over on the couch, and he appeared to be on narcotics, sweating and speaking slowly. When Arana attempted to speak to Brown, he got upset and refused to talk to the deputy. Arana told Brown he was under arrest and asked him to stand up. He was able to get one wrist in the restraints, but then Brown tried to punch him. The punch was stopped by Deputy Michael Cauley, who then grabbed Brown and attempted to take him to the floor. The two deputies were able to get the restraints on Brown and EMS was requested to evaluate him. Brown refused medical treatment and was transported to the county jail.
His bond was set at $10,000.