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Drug sting yields arrest of Clearwater man wanted on several warrants

CLEARWATER — A Clearwater man accused of nearly strangling an elderly man to steal his medication was arrested early Friday after in a drug sting, police said.

Charles J. Corno, 29, of 1230 S Missouri Ave., was charged with possession of cocaine and oxycodone, sale of oxycodone and resisting a law enforcement officer.

Just after midnight Friday, Corno sold the drugs to undercover narcotics detectives at Drew Street and Crest Avenue, then fled on foot as he was about to be arrested, Clearwater police said. He was taken into custody after a short foot chase.

Corno had an outstanding warrant stemming from a November 2009 home-invasion robbery.

In that case, police said, Corno and another man, 21‑year‑old Jerald Lee Prater, of Pinellas Park, broke into the S Highland Avenue home of an 81-year-old man and stole his prescription medication after a violent struggle.

The man was injured when Corno and Prater tried to strangle him with a rolled-up T‑shirt, police said. Corno and Prater were charged with robbery and aggravated assault.

After Corno failed to appear for a hearing in that case in late February, a warrant for his arrest was issued, court records show.

Corno also was arrested on three outstanding warrants for dealing in stolen property.

He is being held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail.

Drug sting yields arrest of Clearwater man wanted on several warrants 03/12/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 12, 2010 7:10pm]
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