Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa robbery victim says he seemed polite — at first

CITRUS PARK — Jayne Alford doesn't have much experience being robbed. This was her first.

Still, she said, she didn't expect her assailant to be so polite.

"He called me ma'am several times," Alford, 51, said of the man deputies say robbed her outside a Bank of America automated teller machine on Lake Carroll Way in Carrollwood on Monday morning.

"He was particularly polite," she said. "He wanted me to be certain he wasn't interested in my PIN number."

Less than an hour later, Hills­borough County deputies arrested Geremias Robles, who they say is 48 years old and responsible for robbing another woman and stealing her car earlier that morning.

Alford, who works as a financial officer and a wedding services provider, stopped by the ATM about 7:20 a.m. before meeting a client. She didn't hear Robles approach, she said, until he was over her shoulder.

At first, Alford said she thought he was a homeless man begging for change and she tried to shoo him away. That's when she said Robles pulled out something she thought was a gun.

"As soon as that became apparent to me, I took it more seriously," she said.

He told her to take out as much money as she could and give it to him, she said.

"He was very clear, very polite. He did not get foulmouthed until I made him mad."

She said Robles took $100, then she ran to her car. She said Robles followed and took her keys and cell phone and drove away in the car he was using.

Earlier Monday, about 6:30 a.m., deputies say Robles had approached Amy New at the Publix supermarket at Ehrlich Road and Gunn Highway and told her he needed $1,100. He made her drive her 2008 Mazda to Regions Bank at 8620 Citrus Park Drive, where she gave him $400 from her account.

Robles drove New, 35, of Clearwater back to Publix and made her get out of the car, deputies said. Then he told her he needed to take the Mazda, but promised to take care of it.

He said he would drop the car off at a Publix on Dale Mabry Highway, deputies said. Then, deputies said, he found Alford.

When an off-duty deputy attempted to pull over Robles after he robbed Alford, authorities said, he pulled into the parking lot of an apartment complex and started running. But he was caught when a deputy deployed his Taser, the Sheriff's Office said.

Robles faces charges of kidnapping, two counts of robbery, grand theft, fleeing and eluding an officer and burglary.

Tampa robbery victim says he seemed polite — at first 03/15/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 16, 2010 7:08pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. From the food editor: 'MasterChef' winner Shaun O'Neale talks cooking at Epcot's International Food and Wine Festival


    There are certain reliable signs that fall is on the way. Nothing in the weather department, of course, but other markers that usher in the celebratory final months of the year. One of those things is the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, which happens annually in Orlando, seemingly longer and more jam-packed …

    Chicken Wings with Sweet Potato Puree. Photo by Michelle Stark, Times food editor.
  2. Mike Evans stands behind Michael Bennett


    Bucs receiver Mike Evans was signing autographs for children after Bucs practice on Saturday. As he signed, he talked about Seattle defensive and former Buc Michael Bennett, who last Friday sat during the national anthem and who says he will continue to do so to fight racial injustice.

    Mike Evans, left, hauls in a pass in front of cornerback Vernon Hargreaves.
  3. Man, I miss Planet Simeon


    Simeon Rice, right, works with Bucs defensive end Ryan Russell.
  4. Florida education news: HB 7069, solar eclipse, courtesy bus rides and more


    DISCORD: Employees of the Pinellas Classroom Teachers Association accuse the union of "less than fair and equitable" working conditions.