Sunday, May 20, 2018
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Tampa police arrest suspect in robbery of disabled woman

TAMPA — The man who offered to help a disabled woman carry her groceries and then robbed her at knifepoint this week was arrested Friday, authorities said.

Gimond D. Foster, 38, admitted to robbing Barbara Felder, 75, after he was arrested Friday, according to Tampa police. Felder had been walking to her car outside the Marathon service station at 2611 N 40th St. Wednesday morning when a man approached her, offered to help, then tried to grab at the bags when she declined the offer. She swung her cane at the man, and he pulled out a knife and grabbed one of the bags, which held Felder's credit card and some cash.

Officers said they identified Foster as a suspect through surveillance video, and recognized him Friday while responding to a domestic dispute in the area of N 15th Street and Sligh Avenue. Foster's criminal record includes four stints in state prisons, according to the Florida Department of Corrections, for convictions including burglary, grand theft, and cocaine possession.

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