Friday, May 25, 2018
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Deputies: Armed robber tackled after chase, crash in Brandon

BRANDON — After a car pursuit and foot chase, deputies caught a man early Sunday who robbed a restaurant at gunpoint, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.

Allan Jerome Stinson, 20, has a prolific criminal record starting from age 12, state records show. He was released from prison in March after serving about a year and a half for burglary and other convictions.

Deputies said the latest episode started around 7 a.m. at the Steak 'n Shake at 1402 Brandon Blvd. Stinson came into the restaurant and pointed a gun at the cashier, they said.

He ran away with an unreported amount of cash, taking money from the register as well as a server's tips, they said.

A deputy searching the area minutes later spotted Stinson getting into a 2001 Nissan Sentra. Deputies tried to stop Stinson's car, the Sheriff's Office said, but he pointed a .380 caliber handgun at them as he drove away — beginning a pursuit lasting about 10 minutes.

A sheriff's helicopter joined the chase so deputies in cruisers could stay out of gunshot range.

Stinson's car left the pavement and flipped over off State Road 60 west of U.S. 301. He was not injured and ran into a nearby pond, the Sheriff's Office said.

A few minutes later, he was tackled and arrested by several deputies, the Sheriff's Office said.

Stinson faces charges of armed robbery of at least $300; armed robbery of less than $300; being a felon in possession of a firearm; resisting arrest with violence; seven counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement officers; and fleeing to elude — all felonies. He also faces a misdemeanor charge of driving without a valid license. He was being held without bail Sunday at the Hillsborough County Jail.

It was still unclear, the Sheriff's Office said, if Stinson had fired at the officers during the pursuit or if there were any customers inside the Steak 'n Shake when the robbery took place. The restaurant's website says the location is open 24 hours a day.

Stinson is also suspected in an overnight robbery of a Hungry Howie's Pizza in Brandon.

"That's two robberies that we know of that he's been involved in, in the last 24 hours," said sheriff's spokesman Larry McKinnon. "We'll be looking at others as well."

Records show that in 2005, when Stinson was not yet a teenager, the Orange County Sheriff's Office arrested him on a felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Charges were dropped, but records provide no additional details from the juvenile court case. About five months later, he was arrested again by Orange County authorities on charges that included assaulting an education worker.

He has been arrested several times since, records show. Most recently, he was sentenced to two years and two months in prison and was released March 1 after serving about three-quarters of it. He was released to a Brandon address, but records show his most recent address is in Tampa.

News researcher Carolyn Edds and staff writer Rich Shopes contributed to this report.

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