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Tampa ATM robbery suspect flees in red bra

TAMPA — A woman at an ATM on Wednesday afternoon fought back against her robber, leaving the suspect to run away in a red bra, according to the Tampa Police Department.

Mercedes Morales, 45, was taking money out of the ATM at the Bank of America at 3439 W Hillsborough Ave. when a woman came up behind her and held something to her back, police said. When Morales turned to look at the robber, she realized the "weapon" was just a cell phone.

A struggle broke out, police said, and the suspect grabbed the money out of Morales' hands. Morales ripped the suspect's shirt off the woman's back and tried unsuccessfully to drag the robber into the bank, police said.

Surveillance video shows a woman running from the scene.

Police are searching for the suspect, who was last seen wearing the red bra.

Shelley Rossetter can be reached at (813) 226-3374 or

Tampa ATM robbery suspect flees in red bra 05/06/10 [Last modified: Thursday, May 6, 2010 3:03pm]
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