2 arrested after fight, gunfire in Port St. Lucie park

Sara Marino Treasure Coast NewspapersPublished 6:46 PM EDT Sep 22, 2020PORT ST. LUCIE— Two Port St. Lucie men&

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PORT ST. LUCIE— Two Port St. Lucie men were arrested early Tuesday after a reported fight and gunfire Monday evening at Veterans Park at Rivergate.

No one was injured, Port St. Lucie police said.

Officers said they got a call about shots being fired at 2200 S.E. Veterans Memorial Pkwy., which is the address for the park.

When officers arrived, they said they spoke with a man involved in the fight who told them he and two other people were fighting and one person fired multiple shots.

Overnight, investigators pieced together what happened. They said:

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Antonio McFarlane, 18, of the 1500 block of Southeast Pinewood Trail and Asonte Roswell, 20, of the 2200 block of Southeast Holland Street, planned to sell marijuana to a 23-year-old man, and then rob him. All are Port St Lucie residents.

The three met at the park, where McFarlane and Roswell brandished a knife and a firearm and attempted to rob Brown. All struggled over the firearm and one round was discharged. 

No one was struck by bullets and all fled, but were caught by police a short time later.

About 1/3 pound of suspected marijuana and a 9mm firearm were recovered.

McFarlane and Roswell each were charged with armed robbery, attempted purchase of marijuana, unlicensed carrying of a concealed firearm and unlawful use of a two-way communications device (cell phone).

Roswell and McFarlane were taken to the St. Lucie County Jail. Both have been released on bond —t $170,000 and 160,750 respectively.

Officers said criminal charges are possible for the 23-year-old man, but he had not been charged Tuesday evening.. 

No further information was available Tuesday. 

Sara Marino is a TCPalm breaking news reporter  covering Martin County. You can reach Sara on Twitter @saradmarino or email her at Sara.Marino@tcpalm.com. If you're a subscriber, thank you. If not, become a subscriber to get the latest breaking news.

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