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Tampa police seek two men in home invasion

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published September 28, 2002

TAMPA -- Two men burst into a 48-year-old woman's home early Friday, beat her over the head with a gun and stole her car, according to police reports.

Tampa police officers said one suspect knocked on Ophelia Marshall's door on 11th Street and said he had money for her husband.

When Marshall opened the door, the man came inside and hit her over the head with a gun, then tied her up and blindfolded her.

He then let another man inside, and the two ransacked the home, demanding money and jewelry. They took a gun from the house and stole Marshall's 1992 Mercedes, reports stated.

Marshall suffered minor injuries and was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital for treatment.

The first suspect is described as a black man, 6 feet tall, 250 pounds and in his 30s, wearing a green striped shirt and green shorts. No description was given for the second man.

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