St. Petersburg police arrest two in Pinellas Trail robberies

ST. PETERSBURG — Police announced two arrests Monday in connection with recent robberies on the Pinellas Trail.

Eric Philpot, 20, was arrested on charges of robbery and aggravated battery. Police said he hit teacher Kristine Meister, 46, in the head while she was biking along the trail on July 26.

Philpot knocked her off her bike and robbed her of an iPod and cash, police said. Meister was seriously injured in the robbery, police said.

But Philpot may be responsible for another robbery, police said, along with co-defendant Cortez Smalls.

Philpot and Smalls teamed up for another Pinellas Trail robbery on July 20, police said. Smalls, 19, was arrested Thursday and jailed on charges of robbery with a weapon and failing to appear on charges of obstructing an officer and throwing a deadly missile.

Philpot was being questioned by detectives on Monday afternoon. Smalls is being held in the Pinellas County jail in lieu of $72,026 bail.

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St. Petersburg police arrest two in Pinellas Trail robberies 08/10/09 [Last modified: Monday, August 10, 2009 3:20pm]

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