A Broward County teenager has been sentenced by a Broward Circuit Court Judge to one year in county jail for snatching an iPad out of a 4 year-old's hands earlier this year. The boy was playing on the iPad at a hair salon where his mother worked.
The teenager, who had an extensive record and was on probation at the time of the crime, was charged with robbery by sudden snatching. Robbery by sudden snatching is the taking of property directly from another person (literally snatching it from their hands) without excessive force, violence, or threat.
To take by force without a weapon is known as a strong-arm robbery.
Robbery by sudden snatching is a third-degree felony in Florida punishable by a maximum of 5 years in state prison.
The child was not hurt during the robbery.
The sentence will run concurrently with the accused's violation of probation.
Eric Matheny is a Miami robbery attorney and Broward robbery attorney. Eric Matheny assists clients charged with robbery by sudden snatching, strong-arm robbery, and armed robbery.