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14- 205 Pinellas Sheriff’s Detectives Conducting Death Investigation At Jail After Inmate Hangs Himself

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Detention and Corrections Bureau
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Robbery/Homicide Unit

Larry Kobielnik (Deceased)
DOB: 11/29/1975

What:
While conducting a check on Inmate Kobielnik, Detention Deputies observed Kobielnik hanging in the cell. They summoned medical staff and Fire Rescue. Immediate efforts to revive Kobielnik at the scene were unsuccessful. Kobielnik was pronounced dead at 3:31 a.m. at the jail.

Where:
Kobielnik was found hanging in his single-person cell, located in South Division, which is the maximum security section of the jail.

When:
Thursday August 14, 2014 3:31 a.m.

How/Why:
While conducting a check on Inmate Kobielnik, Detention Deputies observed Kobielnik hanging in the cell. They summoned medical staff and Fire Rescue. Immediate efforts to revive Kobielnik at the scene were unsuccessful. Kobielnik was pronounced dead at 3:31 a.m. at the jail.

Sheriff’s Homicide Detectives and the Administrative Investigation Division are investigating the death; per agency policy and procedure in these incidents.

On August 13, 2014 Kobielnik was convicted of Sexual Battery and Falsely Personating a Officer (Release #13-165).

On Friday, July 26, 2013 Kobielnik approached the victim in his vehicle and she voluntarily entered. When the victim tried to exit the vehicle he placed her in handcuffs and took her to his house. The victim was sexually battered and was able to escape when the suspect fell asleep. Kobielnik was currently awaiting his sentencing hearing scheduled for 9:00 am August 14, 2014.

The investigation continues.

 

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