Sunday, February 18, 2018
Public safety

Reward increases for tips on suspects in Ybor robbery and shooting

TAMPA — The reward for tips leading to the arrest of a man and woman involved in a robbery and shooting last weekend in Ybor City has been increased from $1,00 to $3,000, authorities said Tuesday.

According to Tampa police, the altercation happened around 12:30 a.m. Sunday near 15th Street and Second Avenue. A couple was walking to their car when the suspects approached.

The male suspect demanded money from the male victim, which he gave. The female suspect approached the female victim, who was now in the car, and they began arguing. The female suspect pulled the female victim from the car, police said.

The men ran over, but the male suspect pulled a gun and shot the male victim in the chest, police said. He then shot the female victim in the abdomen.

The suspects — described as a thin man and a heavyset woman in theirs 20s — ran.

The victims suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were released from a hospital.

Anyone with information about the crime was asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477) or text "CSTB plus your tip" to 274637 (CRIMES). Anonymous tips leading to an arrest may be eligible for the cash reward.

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