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Deputies: Man robbed in McDonald's bathroom

CLEARWATER — Attackers robbed a man at McDonald's, but not in the traditional way.

Instead of accosting a cashier, Clearwater police said, two men mugged the victim as he used the toilet.

McKinley Alan Smith, 20, of Pinellas Park was arrested early Sunday in connection with the incident, which happened in April. He was charged with robbery with a deadly weapon, grand theft and resisting an officer without violence.

The arrest comes after the victim identified Smith in a selection of mug shots, police said.

In April, Smith followed the man into the bathroom of a McDonald's at 347 S Gulfview Blvd., according to a Clearwater police report. After the man entered a stall, police said, Smith and an unidentified man barged in, waving a semi-automatic handgun.

They took the victim's ring, watch, cellphone and $100, according to the arrest report, and fled. The unidentified man remains at large.

On Sunday, Smith's birthday, Pinellas County sheriff's deputies spotted him driving a stolen car at Park Boulevard and Starkey Road in Seminole, according to deputies.

When they tried to pull him over, he and his unidentified passengers ran and were tracked down by a K9 officer. Smith was found hiding behind a barbecue grill.

Smith remained Monday in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $55,150 bail.

Danielle Paquette can be reached at or (727) 445-4224.