ST. PETERSBURG — Police are seeking the public's help in identifying three men they say beat and robbed another man in a liquor store parking lot.
Police said the 38-year-old victim drove into the parking lot of South Central Liquors, 201 34th St. S , Aug. 29. A surveillance video shows his red Jeep pulling in front of the driver of what appears to be a white four-door Hyundai sedan.
The white sedan then pulled into the parking lot and the driver went into the liquor store and began berating the unidentified victim for cutting him off, police said. The victim apologized and the liquor store clerk told the suspect to leave the store, police said. The driver left, but the video shows him waiting outside near his car.
As the victim came outside he was again approached by the driver who continued to antagonize the victim and followed him to his Jeep, where they got into an alertcation. Two others in the white sedan got out and stood by as the driver and the victim got into a physical altercation.
Both the driver and a passenger from his car attacked the victim, police said. The victim was thrown to the ground and his wallet, containing several hundred dollars in cash, was taken from his pocket.
In the meantime, another passenger moved the white sedan to the rear of the liquor store, where he picked up the others and drove away.
Police ask anyone with information to contact Detective Robert Anderson at (727) 892-5910, or the St. Petersburg Police Tip Line at (727) 892-5000.