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Man arrested in 7-Eleven robbery, second suspect sought

CLEARWATER — Police arrested a 21-year-old Bradenton man they say robbed a 7-Eleven store at gunpoint in October. A second suspect remains at large.

Police said Lashay T. Cooper entered the 7-Eleven at 20073 N U.S. Highway 19 at about 3 a.m. on Oct. 30, asked to buy a cigar and pulled out money to pay for it. After handing over his money, police said Cooper then pulled out a handgun and demanded money from the cash register. The clerk complied, and police said Lashay left with another man.

St. Petersburg police, Bradenton police and Clearwater police worked together to identify Lashay, who was being held at the Pinellas County Jail for another armed robbery in St. Petersburg.

Police are still searching for the second suspect, described as a black male, about 18 to 25 years old, 5-foot-7, 150 pounds with a thick beard. He was wearing a doo-rag and silver mask on his head and all black clothing

Police ask that anyone with information call their tip line at 727-562-4422, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873- TIPS (8477) or report a tip online at www.crimestoppersofpinellas.org.

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Man arrested in 7-Eleven robbery, second suspect sought 12/07/09 [Last modified: Monday, December 7, 2009 10:08am]

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