Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Public safety

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.

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