There had been three violent robberies along State Road 54 within 14 hours.
After the third, two Pasco County sheriff's deputies saw a suspect standing in a parking lot, staring across the street at the 7-Eleven that had just been robbed. Standing within a few yards of the man, the deputies drew their weapons.
"Show us your hands! Get down on the ground!"
The man raised his arms from his sides but began to walk away. As he turned from them, the deputies saw a gun in his waistband.
According to a sheriff's official, the robber had shown a willingness to use his gun, at least to knock people around. During the first robbery, about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Kash n' Karry liquor store at SR 54 and Rowan Road, the robber grabbed a clerk by the back of her neck and put a gun to the back of her head.
In the second robbery three hours later at the nearby AM PM Mini Mart, the robber beat the owner of the store in the face and head with a gun as he demanded money. Then he walked out the front door.
The third robbery occurred about 6 a.m. Thursday at the nearby 7-Eleven.
The robber forced several clerks away from the register, then forced one to open it, then fled.
The robber made off with undisclosed amounts of cash at each of the stores, as well as vodka, bourbon and cigarettes from the liquor store and cigarettes from the 7-Eleven.