Friday, November 17, 2017
Public safety

Baby Face Floyd held in Pinellas cab robbery

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ST. PETERSBURG — What's in a name?

Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd were both notorious American bank robbers whose violent criminal exploits made them household names in the 1930s.

Baby Face Floyd is an unemployed Pinellas Park man who tried to snatch $225 from a taxicab driver who had just given him a lift early Thursday morning, according to police.

Floyd — whose legal name really is Baby Face — got a cab ride from James McKinney about 2:45 a.m. to the 6200 block of 34th Street N, according to an arrest report. Once there, McKinney asked that Floyd pay for the ride.

Instead, Floyd reached into the cab and snatched money from McKinney, police said.

He then fled, but officers later found him walking north on 34th Street, where he was arrested, police said.

Floyd was booked in the Pinellas County Jail on charges of robbery by sudden snatching and petty theft.

His record of previous arrests includes charges of cocaine and marijuana possession, carrying a concealed weapon and domestic battery.

But apparently he has avoided the kind of trouble that led to the downfalls of his namesakes.

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