Westmoreland County Sheriff’s two sons charged in Florida robbery

By Amanda Klein | December 27, 2018

According to Cape Coral police two sons of Westmoreland County Sheriff Jonathan Held allegedly robbed a man at gunpoint Wednesday after they responded to his post on Snapchat offering a vape handle for sale.

Tristan Held, 16, and Aiden Held, 14, were charged Wednesday with armed robbery and grand theft, according to police.

At approximately 10 a.m. Wednesday police responded to a report of a man who said he had been robbed at gunpoint by three teens after meeting them to sell the vaping handle for $120.

The three teens pulled up in front of the man’s home in a minivan allegedly being driven by Tristan Held, who police said, pointed a gun at the man and ordered him to give him money and other belongings. Aiden Held, according to police was sitting in the front seat.

A third teen charged in the alleged robbery, Ernesto Hernandez, 16, also pointed a handgun at the man while sitting the back seat, police said.

A short time later, police spotted and stopped the minivan and detained the three teens. Aiden Held was still sitting in the front seat. According to police, the man identified all three teens as the ones who robbed him.

All three were then taken and booked into a juvenile detention facility.

Earlier this month a Westmoreland County judge declared a mistrial in a criminal case against Held after a juror who initially voted to convict him changed his mind.  Held faces a retrial next year on charges he used county resources for personal and political business.

Amanda Klein can be contacted at amanda.klein@grantstreetnews.com


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