Release Number: 11-253
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
Robbery / Homicide Unit
Patrol Operations Bureau
Central District Station
K9 Unit / Flight Section
What: Detectives and deputies are actively searching for the suspect responsible for shooting a woman during an attempted armed robbery in Pinellas County.
Where: Entrance To The Wagon Wheel Flea Market
7801 Park Boulevard, unincorporated Pinellas Park
When: Monday October 31, 2011 at 2:25 p.m.
According to detectives the victim, a 63-year-old woman, had pulled off Park Boulevard into the front entrance area of the Wagon Wheel Flea Market to use her cell phone. While pulling back out onto Park Boulevard she was stopped waiting for traffic to clear when she was approached by the suspect.
The suspect pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded her money and purse. As he grabbed her purse through an open car window the victim tried to pull it back away. The suspect then opened fire hitting the victim. He was last seen running north into the area of the flea market where K9 deputies and the Sheriff’s Office helicopter where actively searching.
The victim was able to drive a short distance west on Park Boulevard and stopped at the gas station located at 83rd Street for help. She was treated by paramedics and transported by ambulance to a local hospital with serious injuries.
At this point detectives and deputies are actively searching for the suspect described as a black male, 20-30 years of age, unshaven, medium height and build, last seen wearing a dark colored shirt, baseball cap and a backpack.
Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to call Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Robbery / Homicide detectives at 727-582-6200, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward contact Crime Stoppers of Pinellas, Inc. at 1-800-873-TIPS.
The investigation continues.