Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Police: Tampa robber threatens to electrocute victims in bathtub

TAMPA — An armed robber ransacking a Tampa apartment forced two people into a bathtub and threatened to electrocute them, an arrest affidavit shows.

The suspect, 29-year-old Kevin Ellison of Tampa, had been released from prison a little more than a month ago.

It began about 11 p.m. Friday, when the robber walked into an unlocked apartment on Enclave Village Drive in Tampa Palms. He found two people in a bedroom watching television, pointed a black semi-automatic handgun at them and demanded money, the affidavit said.

At gunpoint, the man forced the two victims into a bathroom. When one of the victim's cousins walked in, the man ordered him into the bathroom, too, before grabbing the back of his neck to force him, the affidavit said.

The robber called a victim into the living room and made her take her clothes off, the affidavit said. He asked her about any valuables inside the apartment, then brought her back to the bathroom where he told her to get into the bathtub with her cousin. The other victim was ordered to sit on the toilet.

The man forced the two victims to run water in the bathtub. Then, the affidavit said, he plugged in an electric fan and threatened to put it in the tub.

Telling the victims to stay in the bathroom, the man left with more than $200 in valuables, the affidavit said. At some point, he had made one of them rip phones from the wall so they could not quickly call for help.

Police identified the suspect as Ellison and arrested him Sunday at his home at 3304 E Mohawk Drive in East Tampa. He faces charges of armed robbery home invasion, kidnapping, aggravated assault with a firearm and tampering with a witness. Ellison is also accused of violating his probation by being a felon in possession of a firearm. He was being held Sunday in Hillsborough County jail without bail.

According to Florida Department of Corrections records, Ellison was released from state prison June 11 after serving almost a year for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Records show that was his second prison term.

Police: Tampa robber threatens to electrocute victims in bathtub 07/22/12 [Last modified: Sunday, July 22, 2012 9:17pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Rays morning after: There (really) are still reasons to be optimistic

    Blogs

    There are plenty of reasons to be pessimistic about the Rays' chances to get out of their extended skid and make the playoffs, including veteran 3B Evan Longoria's acknowledgement after Thursday's game that the pressures of …

  2. Can a Democrat win Florida's gubernatorial nomination without knocking Donald Trump?

    Blogs

    ...."I may not respect the occupant of the office, but I respect the office," (Philip) Levine said. "Right now he's the pilot, and I'm on the plane like everybody else. I don't wish the pilot failure. I want a smooth and safe landing."

    Philip Levine will announce his plans in October, and it looks likely he runs
  3. Forecast: Rain, heat prevails for Tampa Bay through weekend as tropics gear up

    Weather

    The summertime pattern of mid- to late-day showers and scorching temperatures will persist across Tampa Bay on Friday and throughout the weekend.

    Tampa Bay's 7 day forecast. [WTSP]
  4. Is Bucs kicker Nick Folk a significant upgrade over Roberto Aguayo?

    Bucs

    Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter made it clear.

    Bucs kicker Nick Folk is entering his 11th NFL season. He spent three seasons with the Cowboys and seven with the Jets. [LOREN ELLIOTT  |  Times]
  5. Florida education news: Student discipline, online learning, solar eclipse glasses and more

    Blogs

    STUDENT DISCIPLINE: Everyone wants their child to behave in school. But sometimes defining what that means causes dissention. That was the case this week at a Pasco County elementary school, which A Pasco County elementary school has adopted a new behavior model that encourages cooperation and responsibility. Some parents are upset that it also seems to support giving in to peer pressure.