Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Man arrested, accused of robbery connected to elderly woman's carjacking, kidnapping

ST. PETERSBURG — Police have arrested one of two people accused of a Clearwater gas station robbery that is also linked to the carjacking and kidnapping of an elderly St. Petersburg woman a week ago.

Detectives say Edward Charles Lee, 19, was part of the duo that robbed the Exxon gas station at 1285 Cleveland St. just after noon on July 17 before fleeing in a 2002 Mercury Grand Marquis.

Hours earlier, an armed man and woman had stolen the car from the St. Petersburg home of 80-year-old Hazel Mead. Mead had been kidnapped, stuffed in the trunk and driven around for at least three hours.

Shortly after the robbery, the pair let Mead out of the trunk and fled. Mead was able to drive herself to a different gas station to get help. She was treated and released from a local hospital for minor injuries.

Detectives from the St. Petersburg and Clearwater police departments identified Lee as the male suspect from the robbery, police said, and arrested him shortly before noon Friday at the Moseley Motel, 401 34th St. N.

He was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on one count of armed robbery. Police are still investigating the carjacking and are working to identify the female abductor.

Man arrested, accused of robbery connected to elderly woman's carjacking, kidnapping 07/24/09 [Last modified: Saturday, July 25, 2009 11:50pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Bucs' Doug Martin relying on strength from drug rehab to power his return


    TAMPA — He would not talk about the drug he abused. He would not identify the rehab facility he entered in January or how long he was there.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Doug Martin participates in an "open OTA practice" at One Buc Place, the team's training facility, in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.
  2. NCAA: Former USF basketball assistant gave improper benefits


    TAMPA — Former USF men's basketball assistant coach Oliver Antigua provided impermissible benefits, including lodging at his home, for two prospective student-athletes while they received on-campus tutoring, according to findings reported to the school by the NCAA.

  3. Assault charge may not sway voters in Montana election (w/video)


    BOZEMAN, Mont. — Republican multimillionaire Greg Gianforte won Montana's only U.S. House seat on Thursday despite being charged a day earlier with assault after witnesses said he grabbed a reporter by the neck and threw him to the ground.

    People fill out ballots for the special election to fill Montana's only U.S. House seat at the Montana Pavilion at MetraPark on Thursday in Billings, Mont. [Associated Press]
  4. Quiet college dropout turned bomber: Who was Salman Abedi?


    LONDON — He was quiet and withdrawn, a college dropout who liked soccer — and, some say, showed alarming signs of being radicalized years before he walked into a pop concert at Britain's Manchester Arena and detonated a powerful bomb, killing himself and 22 others.

    Salman Abedi was identified by British authorities as the man behind Monday’s attack.
  5. Soldiers launch attacks in besieged Philippine city


    MARAWI, Philippines — Backed by tanks and rocket-firing helicopters, Philippine troops launched "precision attacks" Thursday to clear extremists linked to the Islamic State group from a city that has been under siege since a raid that failed to capture one of Asia's most-wanted militants.

    Soldiers fire at enemy positions Thursday while trying to clear the city of Marawi, Philippines, of armed militants.