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St. Petersburg man beaten after trying to buy iPod, police say

ST. PETERSBURG — A 20-year-old St. Petersburg man was beaten and stabbed in a church parking lot Saturday night after meeting with a man who offered to sell him an iPod on Craigslist, according to police.

Myles Perotte placed an ad online saying he wanted to buy an iPod. He told police he was contacted about 7 p.m. Saturday by a man who said he was willing to sell the device. They agreed to meet at 9 p.m. at the Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, 1600 54th Ave. S.

Perotte agreed to buy the iPod for $100, police said. He went to the church parking lot and met with two men who arrived in a grayish Toyota Camry. Moments later, police said the two men starting beating Perotte and tried to steal his $100.

Police said they stabbed Perotte in the lower back during the attack but the victim didn't realize it until afterward. The two men took off after the attack, police said, but without the victim's money.

Parishioners eventually came out and took Perotte to the hospital, where he was treated for injuries that weren't life-threatening.

The two suspects have not been found. The investigation is continuing.

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