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Police blotter: Felon accused of making homemade gun in Largo

Police: Felon accused of making homemade gun in Largo

LARGO — Officers arrested a 26-year-old man with a prior felony conviction on charges that he made a "homemade shotgun" from a PVC pipe, copper tubing, and a galvanized steel cap, according to arrest reports.

Police found the gun in Emiliano Fernandez's backyard at 115 Cleveland Ave. on July 7, as well as 23 shotgun shells.

Fernandez had recently discharged the weapon, "which resulted with seriously injuring himself where the defendant lost his left thumb and received burns to his chest area," a report says.

Fernandez of Largo was jailed on charges of making a destructive device and felon in possession of ammunition.

Massage invitation concludes with unhappy ending in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — The victim had invited Caleb Wright into his home on 16th Street N on July 5 for a massage. Instead, Wright, 30, robbed him at gunpoint, an arrest report states.

Moments before Wright was supposed to begin the massage, he pointed a handgun at the victim's head and demanded he show him any valuable items inside the home. Wright, whose alias is listed as Country Boy, ultimately left with several goods, including laptop computers, a smartphone, necklaces, cycling accessories, and about $260 in cash, an arrest report shows.

Wright of Seminole was arrested on a charge of armed robbery.

Compiled by Laura C. Morel, Times staff writer.

Police blotter: Felon accused of making homemade gun in Largo 07/13/17 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 11, 2017 12:58pm]
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