Saturday, May 26, 2018
Public safety

Plant City man accused of assaulting clerk, carjacking, firing gun in Tampa

TAMPA — A 21-year-old Plant City man is accused firing off several bullets, carjacking, beating a gas station clerk and shooting a cash register in a Thursday night rampage, according to police.

Shortly before 6:30 p.m. outside the Fountain Bridge Apartments, Devin L. Bryant walked up to two people he didn't know and pointed a handgun at them, firing several times without hitting anyone, police said. At that same time, Edmil D. Cuenca, 35, pulled up to the complex to pick up his wife.

Bryant hopped in the vehicle, pointing the gun, and demanded that Cuenca drive off. He fired a round inside the vehicle. Cuenca and his wife jumped out.

Bryant then got out of the vehicle and ran east to the Stop & Pick Food Center at 1815 W Waters Ave., police said, where he tried to take a drink without paying for it. The store employee confronted him and Bryant pulled out the gun again, sending the two store employees running.

Bryant then beat on the cash register before shooting at it in an attempt to open it, police said. He then went outside and attacked a store employee, taking his jacket.

Eventually, patrol officers arrived and confronted Bryant at gunpoint.

Once in custody, he kicked out the rear passenger window of the police cruiser, causing $750 in damage.

Bryant faces three counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, two charges of carjacking, carjacking with a firearm, robbery, criminal mischief, obstructing or opposing an officer, possession of drug paraphernalia, marijuana possession, armed kidnapping and discharging a firearm in public.

He was being held at the Hillsborough County Jail on Friday morning without bail.

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