Friday, January 19, 2018
Public safety

Police hunt man who carjacked woman, robbed bank

A man stole a woman's car at gunpoint Tuesday morning at a Pinellas Park business before driving to a nearby bank and forcing tellers to give him money, according to police.

Detectives are asking the public to help them identify the man, who escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash and abandoned the woman's car near the bank.

It all began just after 9 a.m. in the parking lot of Mederi Caretenders, a home health care agency, at 6445 102nd Ave. N.

Judy May, 65, of Kenneth City was sitting in the driver's seat of her 2000 Honda Accord and chatting with a co-worker who was standing outside the car, police said. As they spoke, a man walked up and pointed a black handgun at May and demanded her car.

May got out and the man settled into the driver's seat before speeding off toward 66th Street on 102nd Avenue, police said.

A few minutes later, the same man walked into the Wells Fargo Bank at 7100 U.S. 19 N, approached the front counter and pointed a gun at a teller, police said. The man demanded money and fled after receiving an undisclosed amount of cash.

Detectives later found the car abandoned in the 6800 block of 38th Street, just blocks away from the bank, police said. Officers used police dogs to try to track the man, but were unable to find him.

The man appeared to be in his mid 20s, stood about 6 feet to 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighed about 200 to 220 pounds. During the robbery, he wore a black long-sleeved shirt, black pants, black gloves, a black and white FedEx cap, and carried a black backpack.

Anyone with information can call Pinellas Park police at (727) 541-0758. Tips can also be made anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 873-8477.

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