Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
-Negotiator Response Team
David Shaffer (Arrested)
Arrested for one count of Armed Burglary
Kristi Orestas (Suspect’s Girlfriend)
Address: 2287 Philippine Drive, #33, Clearwater
Robert Stipins (Burglary Victim)
Address: Silk Oak Lodge Mobile Home Park, 28488 U.S. Highway 19 N. Clearwater, Lot#149
Deputies have arrested a suspect who overnight burglarized a Yellow Cab vehicle, fled and barricaded himself in a Clearwater hotel room. The suspect ultimately surrendered after speaking with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Negotiator Response Team.
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the America’s Best Value Inn hotel at approximately 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2013. The suspect was arrested at approximately 8:00 a.m. the same day.
The suspect was arrested at the America’s Best Value Inn located at 28596 US 19 Clearwater. The suspect burglarized the Yellow Cab vehicle that was parked at the Mini Storage located at 28420 U.S. 19, Clearwater.
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Deputies were dispatched to the America’s Best Value Inn hotel in reference to a car burglary. The caller, identified as 34-year-old Robert Stipins, advised the suspect broke into his Yellow Cab vehicle that was parked at the Mini Storage located at 28420 U.S. 19, Clearwater. Stipins stated he witnessed the suspect leaving the mini storage wearing a backpack that belonged to him. Stipins advised dispatcher’s that inside the backpack was a 45-caliber handgun. Stipins stated he attempted to approach the suspect who said he would shoot him if he came any closer. Stipins then followed the suspect to the America’s Best Value Inn located at 28596 U.S. 19 Clearwater, room # 128.
Deputies arrived at the hotel and attempted to make contact with the suspect, later identified as 23-year-old David Shaffer. Shaffer refused to come out of the hotel room, stated he had a gun and made threats to harm deputies should they attempt to enter his hotel room. Deputies were then made aware of a female inside the hotel room with the suspect.
At approximately, 4:30 a.m. the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office S.W.A.T. team and the Negotiator Response Team were activated and set up a perimeter around the hotel. Telephone contact was again made with Shaffer. He allowed them to speak with the female inside the room who advised she was safe. The female has been identified as Shaffer’s girlfriend, 22-year-old Kristi Orestas. After approximately an hour of speaking with Shaffer, he surrendered to deputies peacefully.
Shaffer was taken into custody without further incident at about 8:00 a.m. and transported to the Pinellas County Jail. He has been charged with one count of Armed Burglary.
No charges have been filed on Orestas at this time.
The investigation continues.