Hillsborough County
David Gee, Sheriff
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    Release Number: 12-070

    • For Immediate Release:
    • Public Information Office of Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office
    • February 22, 2012
    • Contact Person:
    • Larry McKinnon : lmckinno@hcso.tampa.fl.us
    • 813/247-8094

    DNA Evidence Leads To Arrest

    Armed robbery suspect identified.
    • Tuesday
    • February 21, 2012
    • Time: 12:00 AM
    • Sweetbay Supermarket
    • 5320 Ehrlich Road
    • Tampa, FL


    Taurian Jarell Crosby
    DOB: 4/19/1990
    12742 Wood Trail Pl
    Tampa, FL


    • Robbery with a Firearm
    • Battery (2 counts)


    On November 12, 2011, at approximately 11:17 p.m., at the Sweetbay Supermarket located at 5320 Ehrlich Road, a masked suspect entered the closed business brandishing a handgun. The suspect approached a clerk pointing the firearm at her while grabbing her by the shirt and pulling her to the floor. The suspect drug the employee into the office area. The manager was confronted by the suspect, who appeared from the office. He grabbed her by her clothing and pulled her into the office and onto the floor.

    The suspect then removed an undisclosed amount of money from the safe and fled on foot. A witness observed the suspect running away from the store and dropping his mask onto the sidewalk. Detectives recovered the mask and it was submitted to Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The DNA profile was entered into CODIS where the DNA profile was matched to Taurian Jarell Crosby.

    Taurian Jarell Crosby was taken into custody February 21, 2012 charged with Robbery and 2 Counts of Battery.
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