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David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 11-011

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • January 5, 2011
    • Contact Person:
    • Debbie Carter : dcarter@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813-247-8059

    Clerk Arms Himself In Robbery Attempt

    Store owner is transported to hospital after robbery attempt.
    • Tuesday
    • January 4, 2011
    • Time: 10:00 AM
    • Fletcher Grocery and Smoke Shop
    • 1935 Fletcher Avenue East
    • Tampa, FL

    Suspects:

    #1 – Black male, unknown age, 5’5” – 5’10”, 140 – 175 lbs., medium build. Last seen wearing a black ski cap, black long sleeve shirt, black gloves, black shorts, white belt and black shoes.
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    #2 – Black male, unknown age, 5’5” – 5’10”, 140 – 175 lbs., medium build. Last seen wearing a green ski cap, long sleeve black shirt, green sweat pants, white and black shoes.
    smokeshopsusp2.bmp 

    Victim:

    Azmi Sabri Khawaja, DOB 01-01-45
    Owner of Fletcher Grocery and Smoke Shop
    1935 Fletcher Avenue East
    Tampa, FL

    Details:

    On January 4, 2011 at approximately 10:00 a.m., two unknown suspects entered the Fletcher Grocery and Smoke Shop. Suspect #1 approached the victim (clerk), engaged the clerk in conversation and began to walk around the counter. The clerk armed himself with a revolver. A physical struggle ensued for the weapon. During the struggle over the weapon, the clerk fell and hit his head on the counter. The suspects fled on foot from the business and were last seen running south along the west side of the shopping plaza. The clerk was transported to University Community hospital via Fire Rescue.

    Anyone with any information reference the suspects is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 247-8200 or anyone with any information regarding the identity and whereabouts of this suspect and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com or text "CSTB plus your tip" to C-R-I-M-E-S (274637).
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