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A man tried to rob two Carrollwood neighbors within minutes, deputies say.

Derrick Lamont Walker, 22, was arrested on charges of attempted robbery home invasion as well as a series of other crimes on Saturday, March 24, 2019. [Photo courtesy of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office]
Published Mar. 24

Deputies with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office arrested a man Saturday for trying to break into two Carrollwood houses on the same street in one afternoon.

According to a release from the sheriff's office, Derrick Lamont Walker, 22, was walking along the 10400 block of Rosemount Drive at about 3:30 p.m. when he came upon a man parking his car in a driveway. Walker struck up a conversation with the unnamed man as he got out of the car to get his mail. As the man walked toward his front door, he heard a person run up to him. It was Walker.

The victim crossed his threshold, spun around and locked his front door to prevent Walker from getting inside.

Walker was undeterred. He started "banging on the front door," the sheriff's office release said. Walker then pulled out a 9mm handgun and shot at a glass portion of the door. The bullet barely missed the man standing inside his home.

At some point soon after that, Walker left the man's doorstep to burglarize another home "just a few doors down," deputies said.

Walker knocked on the front door of the second home, and another soon-to-be victim answered. (Deputies didn't name this person either.) Walker pointed his gun at the person, who then quickly shut and locked their door.

When deputies arrived on scene, Walker tried to run, his gun still in hand. But law enforcement caught up to Walker and arrested him.

Walker faces charges of attempted robbery home invasion; possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, shooting at, within or into a building; and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon — among other charges.

Deputies are also trying to determine whether Walker is responsible for a robbery in the same neighborhood that happened earlier in the day Saturday. In that case, a woman was shot on the 4800 block of Grove Point Drive as she fed neighborhood cats outside her home, deputies said.

After they arrested Walker, deputies learned that the gun he was carrying had been stolen in Pasco County, the release said. Walker was taken to Orient Road Jail, where he's being held without bond.

Contact Kirby Wilson at kwilson@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8793. Follow @kirbywtweets.

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