Several Arrests Made in Two Separate Cooks Motel Robberies

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - In addition to the shooting at Coastal Palms, Bay County Sheriff's Officials are still investigating two other separate violent events that happened Sunday in Panama City Beach.

The first was a robbery at the Cooks Motel on Front Beach Road. There was gunfire, but no one was injured.

Two people arrested in that incident appeared in cOurt this afternoon.

A judge ordered Tristian Buyck, 21, of Montgomery Alabama be held on a $500,000 bond on a charge of armed home invasion robbery.

Grenden James Jordan, 19, also of Montgomery is being held on an $800,000 bond for similar charges.

The Sheriff's Office also believes a third suspect in this incident left the area and went back to Alabama. 

Local Sheriff's Investigators are in Montgomery working with local law enforcement to find that third person.

The second incident was a second robbery also at cooks motel last night. For now, Sheriff's Officials do not believe the two are related.

Investigators released surveillance video from Sunday night's incident. 

They said the altercation started in the parking lot of the motel where the victim showed a large amount of money to the suspects.

When one of them snatched it and took off, the victim chased the suspects to the parking lot of Park Place RV Park.

That's where they stopped and began to beat up the victim. 

Deputies said one suspect hit the victim with a pistol and then pointed it at two witnesses who approached to help.

Deputies arrested four Alabama teens: Cortlin Harris, 18, of Eight Mile, Jonathan Battiste, 19, of Mobile, David Parker, 19, of Montgomery and Garrison Harris, 19, of Mobile.

All are facing charges related to armed robbery.

The Sheriff's Office believes both of these Cooks Motel incidents stem from attempted drug transactions.


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