Saturday, January 20, 2018
Public safety

Tampa detectives seeking 'person of interest' in pair of robbery attempts — one successful

TAMPA — Detectives were searching for a person of interest Thursday night in a robbery and attempted robbery that took place within an hour of each other in Ybor City.

At 9:07 a.m. Thursday, a man approached a woman sitting in her parked car near 1512 E Eighth Ave., Tampa police said. The woman's driver's-side window was partially open, and the man banged on it and yelled at the woman to give him the car, police said.

He tried to open the door but it was locked. Authorities said the victim began honking the horn and the man ran away toward N 15th Street.

At 9:57 a.m. someone police say may be the same man approached a delivery driver sitting inside his truck with the door open near the 1600 block of E Eighth Avenue.

The robber grabbed the victim's shirt and demanded money while holding a sharp object, possibly a small knife, police said. Authorities said the robber took cash and fled on foot westbound on Eighth Avenue.

Neither victim was injured.

The robber's face was uncovered during both incidents, and authorities described him as clean-shaven with a muscular build, wearing a black or red shirt with a logo on the front and black or blue jean shorts. He carried a red backpack.

Crime Stoppers offered a $1,000 reward for tips leading to an arrest. Anyone with information about the suspect was asked to call Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-800-873-8477.

 
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