Crime Spree Halted By Armed Citizen
ran here as:
"Teens' Crime Spree Halted By Shooting, Police Say"
July 23, 2001
TAMPA - Two 16-year-olds
went on a carjacking and robbery rampage in northeast Tampa early Sunday,
seriously injuring one man before a botched holdup ended their spree, police
For more than four hours, they robbed people in
their cars and threatened others, police said. One man was hospitalized Sunday
after being hit in the head with a rock.
This was the second burst of car thefts and
armed robberies in Tampa by youths in four days, but police are unsure if they
Maurice Antwan Thomas, 8203 N. Klondike St.,
Apt. B, Tampa, and Marcus Antonio Stewart, no address given, who has been a
fugitive since failing to appear at a hearing on burglary charges, were
Each faces three counts of armed carjacking and
armed robbery. Thomas is charged with aggravated battery for throwing the rock
that injured Jacob Plummer of Blanton, police said. More charges are pending
According to police, Thomas and Stewart:
* Stole the car driven by Plummer after
injuring him and threatening him and his passenger on N. Florida Avenue.
* Robbed a Riverview man while he was in his
truck at 6013 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. A third suspect in this
robbery is at large.
* Tried to rob a clerk at Red Roof Inn, 5001
U.S. 301 N. She refused to unlock the door.
* Threatened a woman and her children while she
was dropping them off on Nebraska Avenue. Thomas and Stewart stole purses, cash,
medicine and the car.
* Tried to rob Hungry Howie's restaurant at
2001 E. Hillsborough Ave. Thomas approached the counter with a shotgun. The
owner fired three shots from a handgun. He hit Stewart twice. Police found
Stewart and Thomas at 1310 E. 19th Ave.
Stewart was treated at a hospital before being
turned over to police. Both teenagers are in juvenile custody.
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