PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- A Charlotte County Sheriff's Warrant Squad detective arrested a Tampa man after he was released Thursday from the Sarasota County Jail. Shevin “Shevy” Marquiz Franklin, 23, of 4404 Pearch Street, was charged with Robbery with a Firearm and Aggravated Battery for a May 14 incident in Port Charlotte.
CCSO received a call to the 900 block of Great Falls Avenue, where the victim was pistol-whipped by a man later identified as Franklin. The victim sustained serious head injuries and EMS transported him to the North Port Emergency Room.
Upon arrival, deputies obtained a description of the vehicle that Franklin was driving with two of his friends; a BOLO was issued. Venice Police stopped the car on I-75 at mile marker 191. VPD officers searched the car and found a revolver under the driver’s seat. Franklin was arrested on charges of Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, and Violation of Probation. He has been held in the SCSO jail until Thursday and then arrested on the CCSO warrant.
Detectives learned that the victim was in Tampa and paid Franklin to drive him to his Port Charlotte home for $40. Franklin and two other men were in the car with the victim. Upon arrival at the victim’s home, Franklin demanded an additional $20 and was refused. The two argued, and Franklin reached into the back seat where the victim was sitting and struck him in the head. Both got out of the car in the driveway. A struggle continued and the victim screamed for help; a neighbor then called CCSO. Franklin, using the revolver, continued to pistol-whip the victim multiple times in the head. Franklin got back into the car and all three drove away heading north.
Franklin remains in the Charlotte County Jail on no bond, facing the two CCSO felony charges. When he is released from here, there is a hold on him in Hillsborough County for their felony gun charges.