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Clearwater police looking for teen who robbed pizza man

CLEARWATER — Police have arrested a teenager and are looking for another suspect accused of robbing a pizza delivery man at knifepoint Tuesday night.

Emmanuel Fernandez, 17, of Clearwater, was charged with armed robbery, resisting arrest without violence and loitering and prowling and was taken to the Pinellas County Juvenile Detention Center.

According to Clearwater police, Fernandez and another male, believed to be a teenager, called a Pizza Hut at 407 S Belcher Road on Tuesday evening and ordered pizza to be delivered to a phony apartment number at Canterbury Oaks Apartments at 2025 Rogers Street.

When delivery driver Herbert Hall arrived at the complex around 7:30, Fernandez hit him in the face and demanded money, police said.

Hall fell to the ground and was threatened by the other suspect with a pocketknife. That teen is described as a Hispanic male with a thin build who was last seen wearing a black sweatshirt.

Hall gave the two a small amount of cash and grabbed the pizza before running away.

Officers set up a perimeter in the area and used a police canine to track Fernandez to the 1200 block of Canterbury Road.

Detectives said they are still investigating to determine if any other people were involved.

Detectives ask anyone with information about the case or the identity of the second suspect to call the Clearwater Police Department Robbery Tip Line at 562-4422. Tipsters can also remain anonymous by sending information to the department by texting CWPD and the tip information to 847411. Anonymous web tips can also be submitted through the department's website at www.clearwaterpolice.org.

Clearwater police looking for teen who robbed pizza man 01/26/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 5:39pm]
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