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Gunman sought after robbery at Bank United in Clearwater


Gunman sought after holdup at Bank United

Police are searching for a man they say wielded a semiautomatic handgun as he robbed the Bank United at 629 S Fort Harrison Ave. on Friday morning. The suspect is described as a black man in his late 30s to early 40s who is between 6 feet and 6 feet 2 and weighs 160 to 180 pounds. He had some facial hair and was wearing a faded red hooded sweatshirt with zippered front, baggy blue jeans, a dark-colored ball cap and black gloves. According to police, the man entered the bank just after 9 a.m., approached the teller and demanded money at gunpoint. He received an undisclosed amount of cash — and a dye pack — before leaving on foot. The dye pack exploded and was discarded near the bank, police said. The man may have red dye on his hands or body. Anyone with information should call Clearwater police at (727) 562-4422.

Teen is accused in armed robbery

Police have arrested a Clearwater teen they believe committed an armed robbery March 14 at a Clearwater convenience store. Lamar Holley, 17, was in custody on an unrelated charge at the Pinellas County Juvenile Assessment Center when a felony charge of armed robbery was added Thursday, Clearwater police spokeswoman Elizabeth Watts said. A second suspect is still being sought. Authorities said the two approached an employee at the Discount Foods, 1504 N Garden Ave., as the person was opening the store about 7 a.m. One of the two demanded money, authorities said; the other fired a shot at the employee, who ran and was not injured.


Program features political expert

The American Association of University Women – Mid Pinellas will feature Dr. Susan MacManus of the University of South Florida's Department of Government and International Affairs at their Arts and Letters Brunch. The annual program will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Clearwater Country Club, 525 N Betty Lane. The brunch serves as a fundraiser for the organization's charities, including scholarships for middle school girls for summer programs as well as a sponsorship of a student in the Women on the Way Program at St. Petersburg College, Clearwater campus. Cost: $35. Tickets will be available at the door, or call Carol Bumiller at (727) 596-5808 or Kathy Egolf at (727) 577-6723.

In Sports

The Hillsborough and Pinellas senior soccer all-stars square off for county bragging rights. 6C

Pinellas deaths

Detailed obituaries are published in Section B.

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