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12-181 Suspect Arrested In Murder of Clearwater Area Woman – Adrianne Robert

 Who:

Suspect:

Thomas Hampton Frederick, DOB 8/11/88

Charges: First Degree Murder, Grand Theft Auto

Address: Transient – LKA – 2006 Sunset Grove Lane – Clearwater

Employer – Southwest Staffing – Clearwater Fla.

Also attended computer classes at Florida Career College

 

Victim:

Adrianne F. Robert

DOB:  1/4/1983

Address: 2958 Pinecone Circle  – Unit #54 – unincorporated Clearwater

Originally from Green, Maine

 

Victim’s Roommate:

Jay Laffue

DOB: 10/22/80

What: Sheriff Bob Gualtieri announced the arrest of Thomas Hampton Frederick in connection with the murder of Adrianne Robert in the early hours of July 14, 2012. The suspect was arrested by Sheriff’s Homicide detectives today, July 25, 2012.

When:  The deceased was found unresponsive by her male roommate when he came home just after 3:30 a.m., Saturday morning, July 14th.

Where: The body of Adrianne Robert was found in the bathroom of her apartment located at the above listed address.

How/Why:  Adrianne Robert’s roommate discovered her body around 3:30 am. Saturday, July 14th. Further investigation revealed she had been stabbed to death in the upper left chest.

Detectives back-tracked her movements from the night before and determined that she had been out with her roommate, Jay Laffue, drinking at the bar at Diamond Dolls, an adult establishment located at 16361 US 19 North. The two walked to Diamond Dolls from their shared apartment because they had been drinking earlier at the apartment.

While at Diamond Dolls, they struck up a conversation with a male customer, later identified as Thomas Hampton Frederick. Adrianne and Jay Laffue did not know him prior to this encounter. Just after 1:30 a.m., July 14th, Adrianne decided to walk back home. Video from Diamond Dolls shows Adrianne leaving the establishment. The video also shows a black male catching up with her and giving her a black shawl that she had left behind on a chair. The two continue to walk away together on the northbound sidewalk back towards Adrianne’s apartment.

Adrianne Robert was found dead in the bathroom of her apartment. She was partially clothed – wearing only a bra. She had been stabbed once in the upper left chest.

There were signs of a struggle on her body, and in the apartment. The Sheriff said there was evidence she had been sexually assaulted. A portion of the sheet on her bed had been cut out. There was no sign of forced entry at the apartment. Her personal car, an orange Jeep was missing from the apartment complex parking lot – but was found later on July 14th by the Largo Police officers.

Based upon investigative information, the video, phone records, taxi cab company cooperation, and a Field Interview Report (FIR) from Clearwater Police, Frederick was identified and established as a possible suspect by July 16th. However, research showed he had no real criminal record and no DNA evidence of record.

Crime Scene Investigators gathered DNA from the crime scene, and deputies began surveilling the suspect beginning on July 16th. Deputies were then able obtain other evidence, a cigarette butt, which yielded DNA.

The DNA evidence was sent to the Pinellas County Forensic Lab for evaluation and was returned today, July 25th, establishing Frederick as the murder suspect. Frederick was arrested today without incident by detectives at“Hit Promotion Products”, where he had been assigned by contract employer Southwest Staffing of Clearwater.

Sheriff Gualtieri said the outcome of this investigation was due to “modern technology and good old fashioned police work.”  The Sheriff said the horrific violence of this random act was of great concern to all involved in the case – and he credited all agencies and investigators for their hard work and individual contributions.

 

 

 

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