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Police searching for stun-gun bandit


St. Petersburg and Tampa police are asking for the public’s help to find a man who is using a stun gun to rob people.

About 6:30 p.m. Feb. 28, a woman was standing at a Bank of America ATM at 9700 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St. N. and had just entered her PIN when a Hispanic man approached her from behind and told her to “withdraw all of your money,” St. Petersburg police said.

The suspect then began pushing buttons on the machine, attempting to withdraw funds from the victim’s account. The victim and the suspect began to struggle, and the suspect pulled out a stun gun and zapped the victim on her leg, police said.

The suspect fled the scene in a dark 2007-2012 Toyota Camry northbound on MLK, police said.

The suspect is described as being in his mid-20’s, 5-foot-9, with black short hair and a thin build. He was last seen wearing a dark beanie cap, black jacket, black polo shirt with white stripes and gray shorts.

Tampa police say the same man robbed a victim of medication the day before the ATM robbery. In that case, surveillance video shows the suspect stunning the victim as he walked to his car after leaving the Medicine Shop Pharmacy, 10905 N. Nebraska Ave.

The suspect then fled in a Toyota Camry that was parked nearby and being driven by a woman described as being in her late 20’s with brown hair in a ponytail, Tampa police said.

Anyone with information about the Tampa robbery is urged to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS, submit a tip at http://www.crimestopperstb.com or text “CSTB” plus your tip to 274637.

Anyone with information on the identity of suspect is asked to contact Detective Allyn Stone at (727) 893-4928 or the St. Petersburg Police Communications Center at (727) 893-7780. They may also Text-A-Tip to 727-420-8911 or leave a confidential tip at 727-892-5000.

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