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Suspects in CVS robbery, carjackings now face federal charges

TAMPA — Two men accused of robbing a New Tampa CVS store, carjacking two vehicles and pistol-whipping their victims Wednesday now face federal charges.

One suspect, 30-year-old Miguel Antonio Torres, remained at large Monday, with a warrant issued for his arrest, authorities said.

The other, Joshua Wilkes, 28, was taken into custody in Orlando. He will brought to Tampa for a hearing in federal court, U.S. Attorney's Office spokeswoman Amy Filjones said. No date was set.

Tampa police, who initially responded to the CVS robbery, referred inquiries Monday to the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which referred inquiries to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

A criminal complaint filed Friday in U.S. District Court said the men conspired to interfere with interstate commerce by threats or violence, interfered with interstate commerce by threats or violence, brandished a firearm during a crime of violence and carjacked the vehicles.

Tampa police say the armed men jumped over the CVS pharmacy counter, demanded drugs, struck the store manager, a woman, with a gun, and then sped off and crashed their Ford truck. The complaint said they left blood behind, along with fingerprints and prescription bottles.

They also attacked a woman who tried to assist at the crash scene, took her car and dumped it to take a third woman's sport utility vehicle, police said.

Staff writer Jessica Vander Velde can be reached at (813) 226-3433 or

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