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Sketch shows suspect in pistol-whipping, robbery try at Trinity pharmacy

TRINITY — Authorities have released a composite sketch of the man who pistol-whipped a 71-year-old woman and tried to rob a pharmacy in the early afternoon of April 14.

He is described as a Hispanic man, 25 to 30 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall and about 180 pounds. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office describes him as having a scruffy mustache and dark eyes.

Eleni Kalogianis — the woman he beat in the head with his gun in the parking lot outside Ross Dress for Less — previously told the Times that he was shorter than that and clean-shaven with a round face.

She was leaving the store at State Road 54 and Little Road when the man put a gun to her throat and tried to force her into her car.

She said no and ended up on the ground, with the man beating her and shouting that he was going to kill her.

Kalogianis' wounds needed 24 staples.

As he bashed her, the man saw another couple by their van. He took their keys at gunpoint.

Authorities say the man then picked up an accomplice and, less than an hour later, tried to rob the Medicine Shoppe, a pharmacy at a shopping plaza at State Route 54 and Duck Slough Boulevard.

There, the pharmacist, Ben Benoit, fought off the robbers, wrestling for control of their shotgun.

Benoit's wife chased the two out of the store with her own gun, shooting their getaway van.

The van was later ditched.

The two got into a newer model, silver Dodge Stratus, according to authorities.

There is no composite sketch of the second suspect.

Detectives believe it was a woman with a slender build, about 5 feet 6 inches tall. She carried a handgun into the pharmacy.

Anyone with information about the suspects is asked to call the Pasco County Sheriff's Office toll-free at 1-800-706-2488. Tips can be left anonymously.

The suspects are considered armed and dangerous.

Sketch shows suspect in pistol-whipping, robbery try at Trinity pharmacy 04/23/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 23, 2009 10:21pm]

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