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St. Petersburg home invasion victim in critical condition

Published:   |   Updated: May 23, 2013 at 09:43 AM

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Three people have been arrested in what St. Petersburg police say was the brutal beating and robbery of a 63-year-old woman.

Police say one suspect got the woman’s son to leave the house by telling him she wanted to go to an ATM and pay off a debt. While the two were gone, a man and woman broke into the house on 79th Avenue Northeast early Wednesday, police said.

The man, 6 feet 6 inch, 300-pound Christopher Andrews, beat the homeowner while Danielle Tennis, 24, of St. Petersburg ransacked the house, police said. Also arrested was Carrie Marcink, 28, of St. Petersburg; police said she was the one who convinced the son to go with her to the ATM, leaving his mother alone.

All three are charged with home invasion robbery and attempted murder. All were being held in the Pinellas County Jail on no bond.

Police said the homeowner, 63-year-old Jihi McEvoy, was beaten so severely she was not able to communicate what happened to her. She was taken to Bayfront Medical Center, where she is listed in critical condition.

Marink, Tennis and Anderson are all being charge with home invasion robbery and attempted 1st degree murder. They have been booked in the Pinellas County Jail this evening with no bond.

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