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Authorities seek Safety Harbor man in connection with violent crimes

SAFETY HARBOR — Pinellas County's two biggest law enforcement agencies are seeking a Safety Harbor man in connection with multiple violent crimes, including a sexual battery on a child under the age of 12.

An arrest warrant has been issued for 42-year-old Gregory J. Johns on the sexual battery charge, which is being investigated by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

The St. Petersburg Police Department is also looking for Johns in connection with two incidents: the robbery of a couple at knifepoint in Vinoy Park and the armed robbery and false imprisonment of a 78-year-old woman, both on Tuesday.

The sexual battery is alleged to have taken place in June, while the child was in Johns' care, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Johns has served prison sentences for robbery with a deadly weapon, burglary and grand theft, according to the Florida Department of Corrections. The Sheriff's Office said he "should be considered armed."

He is described as 5 feet 9 inches tall, weighing about 275 pounds, with short brown hair and brown eyes. He wears eyeglasses and has a trimmed goatee, authorities said. He has been seen driving a black 2006 Ford Fusion with the license plate number 938IZN.

Anyone with information about Johns can call the Sheriff's Office at (727) 582-6200, the St. Petersburg Police Department at (727) 893-7780, or the anonymous Crime Stoppers tip line at (800) 873-TIPS.

Peter Jamison can be reached at or (727) 445-4157.

Authorities seek Safety Harbor man in connection with violent crimes 08/31/12 [Last modified: Friday, August 31, 2012 10:11pm]
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