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Armed man robs bank branch

PALM HARBOR

Bank branch robbed by man armed with gun

Detectives are investigating an armed robbery Sunday afternoon at a Bank Atlantic branch at 32491 U.S. 19 N. According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, a man approached a teller inside the bank, displayed a firearm and demanded cash shortly after 3 p.m. The teller handed over an undisclosed amount of cash and the robber fled. Detectives are still looking for the man, who is described as 5 feet 9 to 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighing about 200 pounds. The robber, who was described as having a round face with "a 5 o'clock shadow," was last seen wearing a navy blue — possibly plaid — button-down, short-sleeve shirt, khaki pants, big sunglasses and a light cream-colored cloth hat with a brown strip around the brim. According to the Bank Atlantic Web site, the branch is open from noon to 4 p.m. Sundays. Anyone who has information is asked to call Detective Amy Plourde of the robbery/homicide unit at (727) 582-6200, or to remain anonymous, call toll-free 1-800-873-8477.

CLEARWATER

Man accused of abusing children

Police arrested a man Friday on charges that he forced two children to expose themselves several times in a five-month period. Kenneth Leonard Miller of 1103 Pennsylvania Ave. in Clearwater admitted to police that he coerced two children younger than 16 into exposing themselves and urinating and defecating in their pants, according to an arrest affidavit. Miller forced them by squeezing a pressure point on their biceps, causing enough pain that they submitted to Miller's demands, the report says. A third child was asked to do the same, but he refused. The children didn't tell their parents earlier because they were scared. According to police, it happened at a residence on Overbrook Avenue in Clearwater. Miller was charged with lewd or lascivious offense against a minor and battery on a minor. He was in jail on Saturday with $15,000 bail.

TAMPA

Pedestrian hit, killed on Waters

A man crossing the westbound lanes of Waters Avenue early Sunday was struck and killed. Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies say Luis A. Diaz, 28, of 6728 Swain Ave. was crossing Waters just east of Hanley Road at 3:23 a.m. Sunday when he was hit by a westbound Ford Taurus, driven by Roberto J. Brenes, 29, of 7613 W Caracas St. Diaz died at the scene. An investigation is continuing.

Palm Bay

89-year-old woman foils shooting

Police in Palm Bay say an 89-year-old woman helped stop an armed neighbor who had barged into her son's home. The neighbor allegedly entered the house Thursday with a handgun and a rifle and believed he was being pursued by enemies. Investigators say he was aiming out a window and was about to reload when Catarina Tosca grabbed his ammo clip and fled the house. Police talked the man into leaving the house peacefully. Neighbors told WZVN-TV on Saturday that the man had been out of work for eight months. The man was taken to a mental health facility.

Times staff, wires

Armed man robs bank branch 11/09/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 9:27am]

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