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Robbery suspect accused of attacking deputies

Tribune staff
Published:   |   Updated: April 23, 2013 at 07:28 AM
TAMPA -

A 21-year-old man suspected in an armed robbery punched and gouged the eyes of a pursuing deputy in Town 'N Country on Monday afternoon, the sheriff's office said.

A second deputy assisted, but suspect Lamont Graddy continued to fight until stun guns were used to subdue him, the sheriff's office said.

Just before 5 p.m., a man flagged down a deputy at a bus stop at Sheldon Road and Grosse Point Boulevard. He told Deputy Felix Moret he had just been robbed at gunpoint by a man on a bicycle, the sheriff's office said.

The deputy said he saw the suspect, Lamont Graddy, and chased him.

When Moret reached Graddy, Graddy punched Moret and resisted arrest, the sheriff's office said. During the confrontation, Graddy tried to gouge Moret's eyes out with his thumbs, the sheriff's office said.

Deputy Dave Burney tried to help Moret, but Graddy continued to fight, the sheriff's office said.

Both deputies used their stun guns to subdue Graddy, the sheriff's office said.

Graddy was carrying a Colt .32-caliber revolver with a live round in the chamber, the sheriff's office said.

Graddy was charged with armed robbery, two counts of resisting arrest with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer and two counts of a felon in possession of a firearm, the sheriff's office said.

Graddy, of 7716 Rock Palm Ave., was taken to the Hillsborough County Jail with no bail set, according to the jail website.

According to the Florida Department of Corrections, Graddy served 17 months in state prison in 2010-11 after being charged in 2009 on grand theft and burglary charges.

Moret was evaluated at a hospital and released. Burney received abrasions and was treated at the scene.

Moret, 59, has been with the sheriff's office for 18 years.

Burney, 57, has been with the sheriff's office 16 years.


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