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Street robbery victim loses all, even garments

A man out riding his bike was robbed Thursday of everything he had with him _ including his clothes.

"The only thing I had on was some socks; that's it," Robert Harris, 22, recalled Friday afternoon, his right arm in a sling because of a minor gunshot wound he sustained in the robbery.

Harris, of 709{ Prospect Ave. S, said he was bike riding with his brother, Eric, along Vine Avenue toward Seminole Street in Clearwater on Thursday afternoon when a car passed them and stopped near the intersection.

Soon after, a man jumped out of the back of the car with a gun and shouted, "Freeze!" Harris said.

Instead, Harris jumped off his bike and started to run. Next thing he knew, he was lying face down in the street, shot in the lower right arm.

Then the man came up to him, kicked him in the mouth and demanded everything he had, Harris said.

Harris said he remembers seeing two sets of feet run past and thinks two men tripped his brother. They took $20 and an electronic pager from his brother, he said. They took Harris' $43, Nike sneakers, Levi's shorts and house keys, he said. Eric Harris, of Tarpon Springs, sprained his ankle in the attack, his brother said. Eric Harris could not be reached Friday.

The suspects got away. But not for long.

At about 4:45 p.m., Clearwater police pulled over a car matching the description the Harrises gave them _ about 25 minutes after the robbery, Clearwater police spokesman Wayne Shelor said.

According to records, arrested were Christopher Rache Daniels, 18, Daryl Jay Harrison, 20, and Kimberlee Bartholomew, 21, all of Tampa.

Records say a .38-caliber revolver was used in the robbery.

Although Robert Harris has a police record that includes charges of resisting arrest with violence, possession of crack cocaine and aggravated assault, he said his past has nothing to do with Thursday's incident.

"I have never seen them before," he said of the suspects.

Daniels was arrested on a warrant for violation of probation for burglary/grand theft and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and armed robbery. He was held without bail in the Pinellas County Jail on Friday.

Harrison was charged with armed robbery and carrying a concealed firearm and was held on $30,000 bail. Bartholomew was charged with armed robbery and was held on $25,000 bail.

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