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Men threatened three drivers

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published August 3, 2002

TAMPA -- Police are looking for two men who terrorized three motorists early Friday by brandishing a gun and demanding their money or their cars.

Tampa police say the men approached a person in the back parking lot of the Kikiki Lounge in the 1800 block of Kennedy Boulevard shortly before 1:15 a.m. They hit the victim on the head with the butt of a gun, but did not take any property. The men, both armed, then ran across the street to the Club Atlanta, where they confronted a 29-year-old man sitting in his 1993 Infiniti, police said.

They pointed a gun at him and demanded his car. He fought with one man, who shot him in the back. The men ran away without taking the car. The victim's injury is not considered life-threatening.

About 15 minutes after the confrontations, one of the men from the previous assaults ran to a woman sitting in her car in the parking lot of a nearby KFC restaurant. He pointed his gun at her and ordered her out of the car. She complied and the suspect drove away in her 1999 Mitsubishi Galant.

The first suspect is described as a black male, 24 to 29 years old, about 5-feet-5, weighing between 135 and 150 pounds. He was wearing bluejeans and a mustard/tan short sleeve pullover shirt with "JOHNNYBLADES" written on the front. He carried a small-caliber, blue steel revolver.

The second suspect is described as a black male, 24 to 29 years old, weighing about 180 pounds, and wearing a white T-shirt. He also had a small-caliber handgun.

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