***Update July 31, 2013***
Additional charges have been filed on the suspect Larry Kobielnik.
According to detectives, deputies were dispatched to a local hospital on June 1, 2013 in reference to a patient claiming she was raped by a law enforcement officer. Detectives interviewed the victim, who stated on May 13, 2013 at approximately 9:00 a.m. a vehicle pulled up next to her in the area of 26 S. Hillcrest Avenue in unincorporated Clearwater. The victim got into the suspect’s vehicle and the suspect drove to a house where he then sexually battered the victim. The victim stated the suspect said she would be under arrest if she did not comply.
On July 30, 2013, the victim was able to positively identify the suspect as Larry Kobielnik.
Detectives have charged Kobielnik with Kidnapping, Sexual Battery and Falsely Personating an Officer. Kobielnik currently remains in the Pinellas County Jail.
***End of Update***
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Patrol Operations Bureau
Investigative Operations Bureau
Larry Kobielnik (Arrested)
Per Florida Statute 119.071, the suspects address will not be released.
Arrested for Kidnapping and Sexual Battery
Victim is a 30-year-old female, who was not known to the suspect. Per Florida Statute 119, no further information will be released that would tend to identify the victim.
Detectives have arrested a suspect after he kidnapped the victim and sexually battered her.
The victim was kidnapped in Clearwater and taken to a private residence located in Dunedin.
The crime occurred at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Friday July 26, 2013.
According to detectives, the victim was walking in the area of Gulf to Bay Blvd. and Highlands Avenue in Clearwater at approximately 2:30 a.m. on Friday, July 26, 2013 when the suspect approached her in his vehicle. The suspect asked the victim if she needed a ride and she got in his vehicle.
After driving a few blocks the victim asked the suspect to stop the vehicle in which the suspect refused. The suspect then showed the victim a handgun and a police badge, stating the victim was under arrest. The suspect continued driving to a house in Dunedin where he then sexually battered the victim.
The victim was held in the house for several hours until the suspect fell asleep and she was able to escape. Upon her leaving the house, the victim was able to get the vehicle’s tag number, which she provided to detectives.
The suspect, identified as 37-year-old Larry Kobielnik, was interviewed by detectives and denied the allegations. Kobielnik was arrested and transported to the Pinellas County Jail without further incident.
Kobielnik has been charged with Kidnapping and Sexual Battery.
The investigation continues.
Kobielnik’s booking photo is attached.