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Flomaton teacher arrested in robbery of elderly women

A Flomaton Elementary School teacher was arrested Wednesday for an alleged snatch-and-grab robbery Tuesday night outside the Wind Creek Casino.

Clemente Renard Brooks, age 52 of Dixon Road, Flomaton was charged by the Poarch Creek Tribal Police with third degree robbery and first degree theft of property. He was booked into the Escambia County (AL) Detention Center in Brewton. Butch Lee, assistant chief of the Poarch Creek Tribal Police, said Wind Creek Security reported a purse snatching in the casino parking lot about 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Two elderly females reported they were leaving the casino when they were approached from behind by a black male in the parking lot. The suspect allegedly grabbed a purse from one of the elderly women and then wrestled with the second victim but was unable to take her purse away from her. The suspect then fled on foot.

Lee said the victims were able to identify the suspect and video surveillance from the casino led to Brooks' arrest. Brooks surrendered himself to Poarch Creek Tribal Police on Wednesday.

Lee said the victim's purse was recovered but was missing $400. Brooks is a former Flomaton Town Council member. He made an unsuccessful bid for Flomaton mayor in 2012, losing by 20 votes to incumbent Dewey Bondurant.