Armed man forces way into elderly couple’s Seminole home

SEMINOLE, Fla. (WFLA) — Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a man who pushed his way into an elderly couple’s home Wednesday afternoon and robbed them at gunpoint.

Investigators say 72-year-old Robert Martin had just returned from the Hard Rock Café around 3:45 p.m. when he heard a knock at the door.

Martin said a man holding a gun forced his way into the house.bulletholepic Martin said he got into a scuffle with the suspect, and the gun went off. The bullet went through a door near the front of the home.

Martin’s wife was also home at the time. No one was injured.

Detectives say the suspect regained control of the gun and forced the couple to the back of the house.

“The suspect had both of the victims go back into one of the bedrooms and obtain some personal belongings and some cash and told them to put their heads down and he fled the scene,” said Sgt. Spencer Gross, with the Pinellas Co. Sheriff’s office.

Deputies are investigating whether Martin may have been followed from the casino.

The suspect is described as a white male in his twenties. He is tall and slender in build and had a revolver. Police say he got away in a vehicle but have no description of the car at this time. 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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