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Robbery suspect surrenders

A man who gagged, bound and robbed a 69-year-old woman last weekend turned himself in to a Tampa police officer Monday, authorities said.

Kermit Allen, 33, told police he had broken into the home of Rosa Benton at 2102{ N 25th St. about 8 a.m. on Saturday. Police said Mrs. Benton was tied up with a telephone cord and gagged. Her attacker reportedly stole jewelry, the telephone and ransacked the house before leaving.

Mrs. Benton was not injured, and untied herself as the suspect left, according to police. She apparently knew the suspect but did not report the incident until Sunday morning, because he took her telephone and she didn't want to go out in the heavy rain.

Police arrested Allen on robbery and home-invasion charges after he approached an officer about 12:30 p.m. Monday in the 7300 block of N Florida Ave.

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