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Hudson man charged in convenience store robberies

NEW PORT RICHEY — A man suspected of robbing at least a dozen west Pasco convenience stores at gunpoint has been arrested.

Gerald Francis Green, 32, of Hudson, was arrested Tuesday for a spree of robberies that spanned February and March.

Kevin Doll, spokesman for the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, said detectives have also arrested the man they believe was Green's getaway driver – Adolfo Torres, 21, of Hudson – but have not charged him with those crimes yet. Torres is charged with being Green's driver during an armed robbery in Spring Hill, where Green allegedly pistol-whipped a victim and stole the man's $480 before rolling him out of a moving car.

Doll said detectives linked the robberies to Green after a witness got a license plate number at one of the scenes. Green faces charges of robbery with a deadly weapon and was being held Wednesday at the Pasco County jail in lieu of $600,000 bail.

Torres was also arrested Tuesday. He faces one count of robbery with a deadly weapon. His bail is $150,000.

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