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Man kills would-be robber; woman arrested

Published:   |   Updated: November 29, 2013 at 09:24 PM

A Pinellas County woman has been charged with second-degree murder, accused of luring a man to an empty home where three men were waiting to rob him.

The robbery went bad, though, and the intended victim shot one of the would-be robbers, killing him, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.

Erika Sanez, 20, of 5925 72nd Ave., Apt. 4, met Travis Weller of Tampa about a month ago, and the two agreed to meet Friday morning for a date, investigators said. They met at 8903 Plum Grove Court in Tampa at about 4:40 a.m.

Deputies said three men were waiting in the the vacant house to rob Weller. Instead, Weller began firing.

One of the men, Marlin Anthony Walker Jr., 20, of 210 E. 23rd Ave., Unit A, was shot in the chest. Sanez took him to Town and Country Hospital, where he later died. An autopsy, concluded that the fatal shot piercied his lung, heart and aorta.

Weller, 23, called 911 and told the dispatcher that people “had tried to rob him and he shot a suspect.” He stayed at the Plum Grove home until investigators arrived and identified Sanez as the woman who lured him to the vacant house.

Deputies said Sanez, who said she was a student at Dixie Hollins High School, admitted she had lured Weller to the home so Walker and two others could rob him.

Sanez remained in the Hillsborough County jail late Friday. Bail had not been set.

Investigators are still trying to determine the identity of the other two robbers.

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