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Subject of Monday's manhunt found

CLEARWATER — Pinellas deputies on Wednesday found a 22-year-old man they had been looking for in connection with a home invasion robbery Monday afternoon, according to arrest reports.

Genautry "Geno" Pressley, of 2006 Sunset Grove Lane, was charged with aggravated assault, false imprisonment, burglary with assault or battery, and grand theft auto. He was also arrested on a warrant for failure to redeliver hired or leased property.

Pressley was arrested by Pinellas County sheriff's deputies Wednesday morning after they pulled over a car in which he was a passenger. Deputies noticed he "was acting suspicious," said sheriff's Sgt. Tom Nestor. He originally told deputies his name was Geno A. Pres, Nestor said.

"Of course, there is no such person, so when they questioned him further he admitted his real name was Genautry Pressley and said there was a warrant out for him," Nestor said.

On Monday, Pressley was the target of a manhunt by Clearwater police and sheriff's deputies that disrupted traffic and attracted the attention of residents and motorists traveling busy Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard and Druid Road.

According to Clearwater police, Pressley went to the Wellington Drive home of an acquaintance, 39-year-old Glenn Humphreys, on Monday afternoon and held him at gunpoint for about an hour, demanding cash. Police say the two know each other, and they believe the incident is drug related.

Pressley found a loaded rifle in the home and threatened to kill Humphreys if he didn't give him money, according to arrest reports.

Humphreys told Pressley that he would try to cash a $50 savings bond, arrest reports show.

Pressley drove off in Humphreys' 2006 Mercedes, leaving the gun behind. He later called Humphreys to arrange to collect the money. Humphreys called police and tipped them off to the meeting, which was to take place at a Wachovia Bank at 2363 Gulf-to-Bay Blvd.

Police were waiting when Pressley arrived, but he slipped away into a mobile home park behind the bank. Police officers set up a perimeter around the area and brought in dogs and a helicopter, but could not locate Pressley.

On Thursday afternoon, he was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $82,500.

Subject of Monday's manhunt found 02/24/11 [Last modified: Thursday, February 24, 2011 7:15pm]
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