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David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 10-097

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • March 23, 2010
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8059

    Suspect Enters Red Roof Inn And Attempts To Rob Clerk

    **Updated with video** Suspect enters front office of the Red Roof Inn and demands money. A struggle ensues and the clerk is stabbed several times.
    • Tuesday
    • March 23, 2010
    • Time: 1:40 AM
    • Red Roof Inn
    • 5001 N. Hw 301
    • Tampa, FL
    Surveillence Video


    Christopher Leitch, DOB 7-1-74
    Night Clerk at Red Roof Inn


    White male, early 20's, approximately 5'9", brown hair, wearing a brown leather jacket, blue jeans and sneakers. Armed with a knife.

    At approximately 1:40 a.m., the armed suspect entered the Red Roof Inn, confronted the clerk and demanded money. A struggle ensued between the clerk and suspect resulting in the clerk being stabbed an undetermined number of times. It is believed that the suspect might have been injured, but at this time it is unknown. The suspect fled the scene on foot.

    The clerk was transported by Fire Rescue to a local hospital where his is listed in stable condition.

    Detectives have recovered items at the scene left by the suspect.

    #1 Knife with 6 inch blade (looks like a kitchen knife).

    #2 Right sneaker- size 8 - described as Black leather, Air Speed with white laces and white sole.

    #3 Brown baseball cap - Initials " T M " embroidered on the front, "Scarface"
    on the left side and a tag inside the cap "Scarface T M Universal Studios"

    Anyone with any information reference the incident/suspect is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 247-8200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-8477.
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