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Largo police arrest a man, two juveniles in two armed holdups

LARGO — Police have arrested one man and two juveniles in connection with a one-two punch of armed robberies last month.

Lt. Mike Loux said the first robbery took place at 2:15 a.m. Dec. 18. Angela Dickens, a 43-year-old nurse at Belleair East Health Care Center on Ponce De Leon Avenue, was sitting in her van in the parking lot during a break.

Police said the man, Kendrick I. Norwood, 22, and two juveniles, 15 and 12, approached her, forced her into the back of the van at gunpoint, and drove her to an ATM on Missouri Avenue where they forced her to withdraw $600. After that, they took Dickens to Woodlawn Street in Clearwater, forced her out of the van, and drove off.

The next day, police said, Norwood and one of the juveniles tried to rob three people at gunpoint on 16th Avenue SW.

The juvenile approached the three victims — Jennifer Ann Salgado, 34, Gerald Salgado, 71, and Frances Salgado, 66, — and at gunpoint told them to get on the ground and turn over their jewelry. He also demanded money and a cell phone. Norwood was in the getaway van, police said.

One of the victims was going into the house when the juvenile approached, and that victim let a large dog out of the house. It chased the juvenile, and forced him to jump onto the roof of the victim's car, Loux said, giving the victims time to call police.

The suspects fled in the van they had stolen the day before, police said.

On Dec. 21, police in Clearwater recovered the vehicle. Because it was listed as stolen, they processed it for forensic clues. Fingerprints found on the vehicle eventually led to the three suspects, the last of whom, Norwood, was arrested Monday night.

Norwood faces two counts of armed robbery, one count of carjacking and a count of kidnapping. He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $400,000 bail.

The juveniles have been arrested but the St. Petersburg Times is withholding their names because of their age.

Jonathan Abel can be reached at jabel@sptimes.com or (727) 445-4157.

Largo police arrest a man, two juveniles in two armed holdups 01/13/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, January 13, 2009 8:05pm]
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