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St. Petersburg drug deal leads to violence, arrests, deputies say

ST. PETERSBURG — A man and his friend were beaten and robbed at gunpoint by a group of people from whom he was trying to illegally buy prescription painkillers, authorities said.

Four people were arrested by Pinellas County sheriff's deputies in connection with Wednesday morning's drug-related robbery.

The victim called 19-year-old Jamie Lynn Severino looking to buy prescription narcotics, deputies said. Her boyfriend, Jeffrey Michael Overton, 20, had her tell them to come to 4271 1/2 56th Ave. N. The victim had a friend drive him there to buy the pills around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, deputies said.

The man went inside to buy the drugs, deputies said, but Overton and two other men — Joshua Martin McMahan and Anthony John Visnosky — punched and kicked him and took his Blackberry and cash at gunpoint. Then the men went outside, pulled the victim's friend from his vehicle, and punched, kicked and robbed him of his phone and money, too, deputies said.

The suspects allowed the two victims to leave. They called Gulfport police, who reported the incident to the Sheriff's Office. The second victim later said he did not know they went to the house to buy drugs.

Pinellas deputies arrested these four people:

• Jeffrey Michael Overton, 20, who faces two counts of robbery with a firearm, armed robbery and dealing in stolen property. He was being held in the county jail Thursday in lieu of $320,000 bail.

• Jamie Lynn Severino, 19, who faces charges of being a principal to robbery with a deadly weapon, robbery with a firearm and armed burglary, dealing in stolen property and driving with a license suspended or revoked. Her bail is $320,250.

• Joshua Martin McMahan, 20, who faces charges of robbery with a firearm, robbery with a deadly weapon and armed burglary. His bail is $300,000.

• Anthony John Visnosky, 18, who faces charges of robbery with a deadly weapon, robbery with a firearm and armed burglary. His bail is $300,000.

The victims were not arrested because they didn't get any illegal drugs, deputies said.

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St. Petersburg drug deal leads to violence, arrests, deputies say 05/20/10 [Last modified: Thursday, May 20, 2010 3:32pm]
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