St. Pete man says he complained about broken street light before wife’s mugging

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – A St. Petersburg family is demanding answers Monday after a robbery on a dark street corner.

Robert Jaffe said the broken street light has left him and his family in the dark for months. Jaffe said he and his neighbors become crime targets.

He was with his wife and 6-year-old son over the weekend when a mugger approached them. Jaffe said it was so dark they didn’t see the suspect approaching until it was too late.

“He shows up, sticks the gun into her ribs and says, ‘Give me your purse; give me your purse,'” he recalled.

Jaffe said he’s been complaining about the light since September. “Why is this? It’s going to be four months on the 9th. Why is this not repaired? Why was this not put to the head of the line once you found out it had been reported months earlier?” he questioned.

Jaffe said his neighbor also had a close call two weeks ago. “Some man was in the corner of this dark area and started running towards her and that’s when she screamed,” he said.

He said the neighbor’s surveillance shows a man running off after she ran into the house to get her husband.

A worker with the city tagged the light. However, neighbors have been told it could still take a while. Jaffe said he was told there is a large backlog of repairs to take care of because of the storm.

A city spokesperson told 8 On Your Side the light will now be fixed Tuesday.

Jaffe hopes its fixed before another attack happens. “This guy really has the beat of this neighborhood and has learned when to make his attack and it seems to be on women,” he said. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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