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Dropped cell phone leads Largo police to would-be robber

LARGO — A 19-year-old Largo man pulled a gun and attempted to rob a McDonald's employee leaving work Sunday night, police said.

But the worker put up a fight. And even though the would-be robber got away, he apparently dropped his cell phone.

Oops. Largo police recovered the phone and used it to identify Ryan Terrell Haynes, who was arrested less than two hours later on a charge of robbery with use of a firearm. He remained in the Pinellas County Jail on Monday in lieu of $50,000 bail.

The victim, who was mentally handicapped, was walking to his car at the McDonald's at 13875 Walsingham Road about 9:20 p.m. when Haynes approached him and demanded money, police said.

When the victim said he had no money, Haynes forced him to the ground and tried to take his car keys, arrest reports said. The key chain broke, but the victim put up enough of a struggle that Haynes fled, police said.

The victim sustained minor cuts to his hands from being forced to the ground, police said.

Haynes' arrest also was a violation of probation. On Sept. 30, he was given a three-year probation sentence on a strong arm robbery charge.

Dropped cell phone leads Largo police to would-be robber 12/20/10 [Last modified: Monday, December 20, 2010 5:28pm]
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