Sunday, February 25, 2018
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Video: Suspect in 7-Eleven killing booked into jail

The man believed to have stabbed and killed a convenience store clerk in Riverview has been returned to Tampa after being captured in Charlotte County.

Investigators say that Lawrence Robert Bongiovanni III, 20, of Tampa, went into the store, hid in the bathroom for seven or eight minutes, walked out and crouched in an aisle. He then jumped at Kenneth Lee Redding as the clerk walked between the aisles, police said.

Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies said that after the attack, Bongiovanni stole a pack of up to 500 scratch-off lottery tickets. They don't believe that was the motive for the slaying, but rather an afterthought.

Inside the 7-Eleven, surveillance cameras captured images of a man in a royal blue sweat shirt. The video shows him attacking Redding, deputies said. He ran, leaving a trail of blood through a parking lot.

Bongiovanni already has a long arrest record. He has been booked 12 times on burglary, trespassing, grand theft, battery and probation violation charges, according to state records. In 2011, he was sentenced to five years of community supervision for an aggravated battery arrest.

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