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Suspect named in New Year's Eve slaying

By Times Staff Writer
Published January 7, 2006

LARGO - Largo police said late Friday they were seeking a 22-year-old man in a New Year's Eve robbery and shooting that left one man dead and another wounded.

Detectives obtained arrest warrants for Omar Xavier Laurence on charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder.

Laurence is wanted in the Dec. 31 death of Terrence Landsm, 26, and the wounding of Jamarian Jones, 21, at an apartment complex in the 2700 block of Roosevelt Boulevard.

Just before midnight, Landsm was talking with a friend, Andre Hoston, 23, on a second-story porch when two men walked by, police said.

The two men returned armed with a handgun, ordered Landsm and Hoston to the floor and asked them, "Where is it?" police say. The men took a large sum of money from Hoston, but not before Laurence got angry because Landsm either did not have money to give him or refused to do so, police said. Detectives say witnesses identified Laurence as the man who took Landsm into the apartment and shot him once in the chest. He died at Largo Medical Center.

Jones was treated at a local hospital and released several days later.

The second robber has not been identified.

Laurence, who has family in St. Petersburg, may have fled to the Orlando area, police said. He may be driving a late 1990s gray Ford F-150 pickup truck, is believed to be armed with a semiautomatic 9mm handgun and has been known to wear a bulletproof vest, police said.

[Last modified January 7, 2006, 01:28:11]

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