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13-143 Detectives Arrest Suspect in Seminole Carjacking; And Attempted Carjacking

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Robbery/Homicide Unit
Patrol Operations Bureau
-Flight Unit

Anthony Eugene Sutton (Arrested)
DOB: 01/20/1976
Address: 5240 5th Avenue North, St. Petersburg
Arrested for carjacking, attempted carjacking and felony fleeing and eluding

Gerald Kolar (Victim of Carjacking)
DOB: 02/25/1931
Address: 11289 107th Avenue, Seminole
Vehicle: 2003 Buick

Michelle Hingley (Victim of Attempted Carjacking)
DOB: 01/23/1959
Address: 10346 108th Avenue North, Largo
Vehicle: 2010 Honda CRV

What:
Deputies have arrested a suspect for a carjacking and an attempted carjacking.

When:
The crimes occurred at about 3:33 p.m. on Monday, July 1, 2013.

Where:
The crimes occurred at the parking lot of the Sweetbay Supermarket located at 10370 Seminole Boulevard in Seminole. The suspect was later apprehended in the area of Gladys Street and 19th Street in Largo.

Why/How:
According to deputies, the suspect identified as 37-year-old Anthony Eugene Sutton, first attempted a carjacking at the parking lot of the Sweetbay Supermarket in Largo. Detectives say the victim, 54-year-old Michelle Hingley was getting out of her car with her children when Sutton approached and pointed a gun at her. Hingley was able to run away with her children and the keys to her vehicle.

Sutton next approached the vehicle of 82-year-old Gerald Kolar, who was parked just outside the Sweetbay waiting tor his wife to come out of the store. Detectives say the suspect approached the driver’s side tapped on the window, pointed a gun at Kolar and ordered him out of the car. Kolar complied and the suspect fled in the victim’s vehicle, a 2003 Buick.

An undercover detective subsequently spotted a vehicle matching the description in the area of Clearwater-Largo Road and Mehlenbacher Road. Marked patrol units responded to the area and a brief pursuit ensued. The Sheriff’s Flight Unit helicopter assisted and supported deputies in the pursuit. The suspect exited the vehicle at Gladys Street and 19th Street in Largo. He fled on foot and was apprehended shortly thereafter.

Sutton was arrested for carjacking, attempted carjacking and felony fleeing and eluding.

No injuries were reported.

The investigation continues.

A photo of the suspect will be available after the booking process is complete.

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