LARGO, Fla. (WFLA) – A 22-year-old St. Petersburg man is facing one count of strong-armed robbery following his arrest Sunday morning by deputies with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Darryl E. Carter was booked into the Pinellas County Jail where he is being held without bond.
According to a PCSO report the suspect made off with an undisclosed amount of cash Thursday night after threatening a store clerk with a gun. The incident occurred just after 10 pm at the Sunoco Gas Station in the 1000 block of Seminole Blvd. in unincorporated Largo.
Investigators say Carter entered the business wearing a hooded sweatshirt. He brandished what turned out to be a fake handgun and demanded money. After receiving it he fled the store on foot.
Just minutes after the crime, responding PCSO deputies stopped Carter who was walking in the area. He was questioned about the robbery, denied any involvement and was released.
A follow-up investigation conducted by detectives revealed that Carter was indeed responsible for the crime. He was located in Seminole just before 4 am Sunday. A traffic stop was conducted on the vehicle he was in and he was arrested without incident.
Investigators recovered a plastic ‘replica’ handgun used to commit the crime.
Carter is no stranger to law enforcement. He’s been arrested several times in Pinellas County and was released from state prison in October after serving 11 months on a burglary conviction.
Additional charges may be filed as the investigation continues