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Clerk sprayed in face in robbery

RIVERVIEW _ Two men robbing a Circle K Store in Riverview early Wednesday sprayed the clerk in the face with an unknown substance and stole two cases of beer, according to a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office report. The men entered the store at 11401 U.S. 301 S about 1:30 a.m. They sprayed David Piggott, 21, in his face before grabbing the beer. Piggott's face turned red and his eyes were puffy, but he apparently required no medical attention, sheriff's Capt. James Walker said. No other weapons were seen, and no money was taken, he said. One suspect is described as a white man, about 18, 5 feet 10, 145 pounds, brown hair, wearing a white T-shirt and white pants. The other suspect is a white man, 18, 5 feet 8, 130 pounds, with brown spiked hair.Bradenton woman raped

TAMPA _ A 22-year-old Bradenton woman was raped early Wednesday by a man who threatened her with a broken bottle, police said. The woman was walking toward Interstate 275 from E Seventh Avenue and 15th Street about 4 a.m. when the attack occurred. The man forced the woman to the corner of E 13th Avenue at 22nd Street and raped her. The suspect then fled. The woman, whose name was not released, was treated and released at Tampa General Hospital. The suspect had not been caught Wednesday, police said.

Burglar sprayed with Mace

TAMPA _ A north Tampa man used Mace to chase a burglar from his home early Wednesday after the man came through a sliding glass window, Hillsborough Sheriff's deputies said. Vernon L. Brand, 22, of 12210 N 17th St., told deputies that he was sleeping in his apartment at the Springfield Village complex when a man broke in about 3:25 a.m. When Brand saw the man, he grabbed a can of Mace and sprayed the burglar in the face, said Sheriff's Capt. Richard Cipriano. The burglar then ran into nearby woods. Cipriano said Brand called deputies, who found Ernest Cook Jr., 25, address at large, in the woods. Brand identified Cook as the burglar. Cook told deputies, however, that he was Brand's friend, was invited to Brand's home and then sprayed with Mace. Deputies charged Cook with burglary. Cook was being held in the Hillsborough County jail in lieu of $7,500 bail, according to jail officials.

USF college presents film

TAMPA _ The College of Engineering at the University of South Florida (USF) will present the film, Battle of Algiers, at 7 p.m. Friday at the USF Physics Auditorium. The film is part of the college's Film Festival and USF's Year of the Liberal Arts. The 1966 movie is a docudrama on the Algerian war from 1952 to 1957. It won 11 international awards and was nominated for an Academy Award as best foreign film. The film is in French with English subtitles. Refreshments and discussion will follow by Middle Eastern expert Abdelwahab Hechiche. For more information, call the College of Engineering at 974-2011.

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