Crime journal

Published June 19, 2007

One dead, 2 hurt in four-vehicle crash on I-4

PLANT CITY - A four-car crash claimed one life and closed a portion of Interstate 4 near Plant City for about three hours early Monday. Florida Highway Patrol investigators said Eric G. Kindt, 38, of Oceanside, Calif., was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of I-4 just after 3:20 a.m. when his 2007 Chrysler Sebring collided with an eastbound dump truck driven by Norlen Hernandez, 27. The impact sent both vehicles spinning into a third, a 2003 Ford F-150 pickup truck driven by Daniel McKnight, 45. All three vehicles ended up strewn across the eastbound lanes. Kindt died at the scene. Hernandez and McKnight were taken to hospitals. Another eastbound dump truck steered away from the wreck but collided with a fence. The driver, Vladimir Rivera, 35, was not injured.


Mother arrested in stabbing of toddler

NEW PORT RICHEY - The mother accused of stabbing her 2-year-old son to death last week has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder. Jessica Victoria Warren, 24, of 2411 Maple St., was held in the county jail without bail. New Port Richey police had held off charging her while she was being treated at Community Hospital for self-inflicted stab wounds. Police said her son, Jeremiah, was found dead from two knife wounds Thursday evening.


Would-be robber loses his nerve

SEMINOLE - The Pinellas Sheriff's Office is asking the public for help in solving an attempted bank robbery Monday at Southern Commerce Bank, 11290 Park Blvd. A man entered the bank shortly after 1 p.m. and passed the teller a note. But the would-be robber apparently got cold feet and fled before any money changed hands, authorities said. He was described as white, in his late 50s, about 5 feet 10 inches, with gray hair and a mustache, last seen wearing dark clothes and a Tampa Bay Buccaneers cap. Anyone with information was asked to call Detective Jim Cavagnaro at (727) 582-6200 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.


Bank manager helps catch robber

RIVERVIEW - Hillsborough sheriff's deputies arrested a bank robber Monday after the bank's manager followed the fleeing thief. Gerald Bernard Jenkins, 39, walked into the Bank of America branch at 9810 S U.S. 301 about 3:30 p.m. and demanded money from the teller, authorities said. Jenkins drove away in a white Freightliner truck cab without a trailer, authorities said. But the manager followed him, telling deputies when the truck turned into a parking lot near East Bay High School on Big Bend Road. Deputies arrested Jenkins and charged him with robbery.


Police investigate man shot in cheek

ST. PETERSBURG - Police were investigating the case of a 46-year-old man who was shot in his left cheek Monday night at 920 58th Ave. N. At press time police did not know the name of the man, who was hospitalized and listed in stable condition.