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Robber crashes into chiropractor's office

Kenneth Robinson was held Tuesday night on a long list of felonies. He was held without bail.

Kenneth Robinson was held Tuesday night on a long list of felonies. He was held without bail.

CARROLLWOOD — Chiropractor Scott Hegseth was between patients Tuesday morning when he heard a huge crash.

Rushing from his office, Hegseth found his receptionist and his next patient screaming at a man who had smashed through the glass panel in the front door.

Worried the intruder was going to start shooting up the lobby — authorities later found a plastic gun — Hegseth charged the man.

It was a reaction he really didn't think about, he said.

"I just didn't want my patient or my employee to get hurt," said Hegseth, 52, who lives near Tarpon Springs.

They didn't, and authorities later arrested Kenneth Robinson, 43, of Tampa in the invasion and a series of other crimes Tuesday morning.

Plowing into the attacker, Hegseth thought he had the stranger off-balance. Then he felt something in his back. A gun?

No, it was a Phillips screwdriver.

Hegseth suffered a puncture wound to his biceps and a smaller wound to his back. He said he also had a mark where the screwdriver jabbed his chest. He was treated and released.

The man demanded car keys, and the patient handed over the keys to her Lexus, authorities said. He left as Hegseth and his receptionist both reached for a phone to call 911.

Hillsborough sheriff's officials say Hegseth's office was one stop on a busy morning for Robinson.

Just before 8 a.m., employees arriving at the nearby Mercantile Bank at 10821 N Dale Mabry Highway found a man inside, officials said. He apparently broke out a plate glass window behind a wall overnight. Officials said he confronted employees wearing a ski mask, gloves and hooded sweat shirt, demanded money and ran away with an undisclosed sum.

And a dye pack.

Minutes later, he crashed into Hegseth's office, several hundred yards to the north.

The man ditched the car near Fletcher Avenue and Dale Mabry after the dye pack exploded.

Robinson ran to his house at 3315 Nundy Ave., authorities said. A tracking dog named Ruby followed him, and the street, which is next to Big Bay Lake, filled with sheriff's cruisers. He was arrested without incident.

Robinson was held without bail late Tuesday, accused of armed robbery, armed burglary, carjacking, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and criminal mischief.

Richard Danielson can be reached at danielson@sptimes.com or at (813) 269-5311.

Robber crashes into chiropractor's office 10/07/08 [Last modified: Thursday, October 9, 2008 6:59pm]
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