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Police: disgruntled job hunter punches SPC employees, smashes computers

ST. PETERSBURG— When Toby M. Clark didn't get the help he wanted from a St. Petersburg College Midtown employee, he left the campus only to return later that night wielding a rubber mallet, police said.

Clark, 45, had gone to the campus about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday night and asked a security officer for help finding a job. The officer directed him to a website, but declined to let him use the school's computers.

This angered Clark, who left briefly after yelling at the officer but returned with a rubber mallet. Police said he began smashing the computers he'd wanted to use and punched both the security guard and a custodian.

The two men were able to subdue Clark until police arrived. He was arrested on two charges of aggravated assault on a school board employee, battery on a school board employee, battery on a law enforcement officer and criminal mischief.

Police said Clark told them he felt the security officer was rude to him when he asked for help finding a job. He smashed the computers, he told police, because they weren't working properly. Clark was booked into the Pinellas County Jail and held on $30,150 bail.

Police: disgruntled job hunter punches SPC employees, smashes computers 05/14/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, May 20, 2014 4:39pm]
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