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Homeless pair accused in strong arm robbery

LARGO — A homeless man and a woman were arrested early Sunday after they robbed a man on U.S. 19, authorities said.

Largo police arrested Omar Robinson, 34, and Gail Lynn Ericks, 26, and charged them with robbery. On Wednesday afternoon, both were being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail each.

According to police, the pair were on bicycles when they approached a man who was walking in the area of 16120 U.S. 19 N around 3 a.m.

Robinson and Ericks demanded money from the man, then took his wallet and cigarettes. The man said he did not see a weapon but, based on the encounter, he believed they had one, according to Largo police Lt. Edward Sohoski.

Police found them nearby and arrested them without incident.

Robinson was released from prison in October after serving seven months of a one-year sentence for a conviction of robbery by sudden snatching in Hillsborough County, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

Ericks, whose last name is spelled as Eriks in Hillsborough Court records, has served three stints in prison on convictions of prostitution, sale and possession of cocaine and robbery by sudden snatching.

Police said the two were from Tampa but were in the area because they had been staying at Pinellas Safe Harbor, a shelter near the county jail designed to divert homeless people with minor offenses from the jail.

Homeless pair accused in strong arm robbery 03/23/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 23, 2011 5:50pm]
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