TAMPA — Police are asking the public for help identifying a man they believe is responsible for two recent armed robberies and a carjacking in Tampa.
The first robbery happened Jan. 15 at a Dunkin' Donuts restaurant at 3512 E Hillsborough Ave. The man walked in, showed a black handgun and demanded money, police said. After a moment, he hopped a counter and demanded access to a safe and the manager's office. When the employees told him they were unable to get inside the office, he fled, police said.
A short time later, the same man approached a woman who was leaving a pawn shop at 3301 E Hillsborough Ave., forcing her into the passenger seat of a car at gunpoint, police said. He robbed the woman before driving to the intersection of 46th Street and Hillsborough Avenue, where he got out and ran south.
On Monday, the same man is believed to have struck again at the Comfort 4 Less furniture store at 10407 N Nebraska Ave., police said. In that case, he walked inside the store, pointed a gun at a woman and demanded money from her purse.
Anyone with information regarding the man's identity is asked to call Tampa police at (813) 231-6130.