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Attack at Pinellas BP station leads to attempted murder charge

The attack left the victim with injuries that included a fractured skull, bruised ribs a shattered jaw and a brain bleed, deputies said.
Zachary Pierson, 29, was arrested Thursday on charges of attempted first-degree murder and criminal mischief. Arrest reports say he attacked a man with a metal object at a BP gas station in Seminole.
Zachary Pierson, 29, was arrested Thursday on charges of attempted first-degree murder and criminal mischief. Arrest reports say he attacked a man with a metal object at a BP gas station in Seminole. [ Pinellas County Sheriff's Office ]
Published Jul. 9
Updated Jul. 10

A Seminole man was arrested Thursday after deputies say he used a metal object to attack a man who was pumping gas at a BP station, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Zachary Pierson, 29, faces charges of attempted murder and criminal mischief after the attack, which occurred about 7:25 p.m. Tuesday at the station, 8289 Park Boulevard in Seminole, Pinellas sheriff’s deputies reported.

The Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as James Lambert, 50, of Pinellas Park.

The attack left Lambert with injuries that included a fractured skull, bruised ribs a shattered jaw and a brain bleed. He was taken to the hospital as a trauma alert, deputies said.

Sheriff’s officials said an investigation is ongoing. A motive for the attack was unclear, but the suspect and the victim knew each other, deputies said.

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Arrest reports state that Pierson approached Lambert from behind with a metal object, which appeared to be a pipe. Pierson hit Lambert in the head with the object and continued to beat the victim after he had fallen to the ground.

Eventually, Lambert was able to get into the car and drive away. Pierson destroyed the victim’s phone, which had fallen to the ground during the attack, as well as one of the tail lights of the car, deputies said.

Pierson bonded out of the Pinellas County Jail Friday night.