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Pinellas deputy foils Largo armed robbery attempt

LARGO — A Pinellas County Sheriff's deputy foiled an armed robbery at a Largo gas station Friday morning, authorities said.

Just after 11 a.m., customers at the Citgo gas station, 8195 Ulmerton Road, reported a suspicious man in a black and white bandana, a hoody sweatshirt and a knit cap, authorities said.

He hid behind an ice machine and a rack of propane tanks in front of the store. He held something that they could not see.

When a deputy arrived on the scene, he ordered the man to the ground and discovered a pistol.

The suspect, identified as Jake Nowling, 22, of Largo, admitted he was there to commit a robbery.

He was arrested and charged with attempted robbery with a weapon, felon in possession of a concealed weapon, and violation of probation — leaving the scene of a crash with injuries.

Pinellas deputy foils Largo armed robbery attempt 10/08/10 [Last modified: Friday, October 8, 2010 5:05pm]
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