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Man arrested in attempted theft near Pinellas Park ATM

Published Jun. 27, 2014

Police arrested a man Thursday who they say tried to rob a woman about a week ago and threatened to stab her after she withdrew money at a Pinellas Park ATM.

Police found Lance W. Martin, 24, a transient in Pinellas Park, in the area of 58th Avenue N and 28th Street. After officers picked him up, they say he admitted he is the person seen in a surveillance video near where the robbery happened. But Martin denied involvement in the crime.

On June 18, the woman had taken her money from the machine at 9121 U.S. 19 and turned to walk home. She noticed two men following her.

When she reached the parking lot, one man asked to use her phone. She said she didn't have one, police said. The men asked the woman for money, and when she said she didn't have any, one told her he had just seen her withdraw cash, authorities said.

The woman turned to walk away and one man ran toward a nearby hotel.

The other man grabbed at her purse and said he would "cut her, stab her and kill her," police said.

The woman screamed for help and the man ran off.

Martin was taken to the Pinellas County Jail and charged with strong-arm robbery. He was held on $10,000 bail.