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MEDIA RELEASE

PINELLAS PARK POLICE DEPARTMENT

April 22, 2011

Armed Robbery Investigation

Case Number 11-9540

Related Case Number: 11-9551 – Fleeing and Eluding

Location: 60th Street at 81st Avenue

Victim #1: Stepfanie Caffiero, white / female, age 24, Pinellas Park, FL

Victim #2: Roxanna McCraine, white / female age 47, Pinellas Park, FL

Suspect: White / Male, 40-50 years old, skinny build, gray beard. Wearing a dark colored ball cap, long sleeve shirt and either jean shorts or cargo jeans.

Suspect Vehicle Description: Dark colored Jeep Cherokee

Details:

At 12:16 PM, Pinellas Park Police units responded to the area of 60th Street and 81st Avenue in reference to an armed robbery which had just occurred. On arrival, officers interviewed two female adult victims who had just left a local park and were walking home. One of the women was pushing a two year old male toddler in a stroller. The victims stated that they were approached by the suspect who exited a dark colored Jeep Cherokee, displayed a knife, and demanded a purse from one of the victims. After one of the victims screamed, the suspect ran back to his vehicle and fled the scene without taking any items.

At approximately 12:38 PM, a uniformed patrol officer who was canvassing the area in search of the robbery suspect, observed a vehicle matching the suspect’s vehicle description in the 6200 block of 80th Avenue. The vehicle fled from the officer and refused to yield to the officer’s attempt to stop it. After several blocks, officers discontinued the active pursuit. Several additional attempts were made to apprehend the suspect after his vehicle stopped for traffic control devices but all attempts failed. Pinellas Park Police Officers continued to follow the suspect vehicle from a distance while awaiting the arrival of air support or an opportunity to deploy a tire deflation device. Officers crossed the Howard Franklin Bridge into Hillsborough County and the City of Tampa. The suspect vehicle traveled eastbound onto I-4 and continued eastbound until his vehicle left the roadway and struck a large pole near the McIntosh Road exit.

The suspect died at the scene of the crash. His identity is being withheld and will be released by the Florida Highway Patrol once notification of next of kin has been completed. The Pinellas Park Police Department was assisted in this incident by the Tampa Police Department and the Florida Highway Patrol.

Pinellas Park Police investigators are still actively investigating today’s robbery. Investigators have credible information that links the subject involved in the crash with today’s armed robbery and have uncovered information that ties the deceased to a second armed robbery that took place on Wednesday, April the 20th at 11:50 A.M In this second robbery, a similarly described suspect and vehicle robbed an adult female at knife point at 6050 78th Avenue which is the Davis Field Park. This is the same park that today’s victims had just left when approached by the suspect. The suspect took the victim’s purse and cell phone and fled the area in a Jeep Cherokee.

Case Number for Wednesday’s Armed Robbery: 11-9360

Victim: Tatjana Joy, white / female, Age 38, St. Petersburg, FL

No victims were physically harmed in either of these robberies. Additional information will be released as it becomes available. The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the traffic crash on I-4. All media questions related to the crash investigation should be directed to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Further press inquires can be directed to:

Sgt. Brian Unmisig

Public Information Officer

Pinellas Park Police Department