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Men linked to stolen car accused of armed robbery

TAMPA — Demetrius Eugene Johnson, alias "Fall Out," has a long criminal record, according to the state Department of Corrections. Thanks to a busy Friday, according to Tampa police, the 43-year-old Tampa man's record could get longer.

According to several arrest affidavits, Johnson and Alberto Tito Rosario Castro, 32, of Tampa, walked into a room at Americas Best Value Inn, 2905 50th St. N, about 6 p.m. Friday. Johnson held a hunting knife, the reports state, and told the occupants, "All I know is somebody in this room needs to give me money." Rosario Castro then punched a man several times, breaking his jaw and causing a concussion, officials said.

Rosario Castro and Johnson stole about $400 cash, credit cards and a cellphone, then left.

About an hour later, Tampa police stopped Johnson and Rosario Castro as they drove on N 28th Street near E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, according to a report.

Rosario Castro admitted the car was stolen, a report states, while Johnson fled.

When the officers caught Johnson, they found marijuana. They also reported crack cocaine in the car.

Rosario Castro was arrested on charges of armed robbery and aggravated battery. He remained in Hillsborough County Jail Saturday night with bail set at $22,500.

Johnson was arrested on charges including armed robbery, aggravated battery, driving without a license, possession of marijuana, possession of cocaine and grand theft of a motor vehicle.

He remained in jail Saturday with bail set at $50,750. Johnson has served six different stints in state prison, state records show, on 14 felony convictions dating to 1986, including seven grand theft motor vehicle convictions.

Men linked to stolen car accused of armed robbery 06/08/13 [Last modified: Saturday, June 8, 2013 11:06pm]
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