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12-069 Detectives Arrest Suspect For Attempted Murder After He Beats Victim With Hammer In Robbery; Crime Occurred On February 24th In St. Petersburg Residence (For More Details See Press Release # 12-039)

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Robbery/Homicide Unit

Donald Stuart Hall (Arrested)
Address: 154 Oasis Glen, Lake City, FL
Arrested for attempted murder and robbery with deadly weapon (claw hammer).

William Bennett Roberts (Victim – Seriously Injured)
DOB: 08/23/1953
Address: 5104 67th Way North, St. Petersburg

Detectives assigned to the Robbery Homicide Unit have arrested a suspect for attempted murder in the first degree and robbery after he beat the victim with a claw hammer and took drugs and cash from his home.

The suspect was arrested on the evening of April 4, 2012.

The crime occurred on February 24th, 2012.

The crime occurred in the victim’s residence located at 5104 67th Way North in St. Petersburg.

On February 24th, 2012, deputies were called to 5104 67th Way in St. Peterburg in reference to an injured male. A woman acquainted with the victim found 58-year-old William Bennett Roberts inside his mobile home with serious injuries. The victim told his friend he had been beaten.

The victim was transported to Bayfront Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.

Detectives assigned to the Robbery/Homicide Unit responded to the scene and and through their investigation, were able to identify the suspect as 50-year-old Donald Stuart Hall of Lake City.

According to investigators, Hall admitted to beating Roberts with a claw hammer.

The weapon was recovered in the home.

Hall was arrested on the evening of April 5, 2012 for attempted murder and  robbery; and transported to Pinellas County Jail without further incident. Hall was also faces unrelated drug charges.

For further details see release #12-039.

The investigation continues.

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