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Stun gun robber strikes again

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Police are looking for suspect they say is using a stun gun while robbing people at ATMs across the Tampa Bay area.

St. Petersburg Police say he hit his latest victim at an ATM at 9700 Martin Luther King Drive. That was last Friday, February 28.

The day before that, Tampa police say he zapped a customer leaving a pharmacy on North Nebraska Avenue.

The pharmacy caught it all on surveillance video.

Police say he fled both scenes in a 2007 to 2012 black Toyota Camry.

They issued the following description of him:

• Hispanic male

• Mid 20s

• 5'09" black short hair, thin build

• Last seen wearing a dark beanie cap, black jacket, and black polo shirt with white stripes and gray shorts

If you recognize him, contact Detective Allyn Stone at (727) 893-4928 or call (727) 893-7780.

His St. Petersburg victim says she is a little beat up, but far from broken. It was around 6:30 last Friday night when she stopped by the ATM after work.

"As I put in my PIN I heard someone behind me say ‘withdraw all your money out of your account,' " she said.

This wasn't a joke -- the guy started punching buttons trying to get her hard earned cash.

"I told him you're no getting my money, and I pushed him out of the way, so he pushed me, I and pushed back," she said.

During the tussle, he pulled out a stun-gun and zapped her. Geri says luckily she barely felt it through her layers of clothes.

"You just don't know what you're going to do in that situation. I've been out of work, I just got my job, and money's been hard. So it's like, I'm not giving my money," she said.

Luckily, some bank employees came to her rescue. But unfortunately, the bad guy scurried off in the process, fleeing in a dark Toyota Camry. Detectives say it was driven by a woman in her late 20s.

What's more, police say the day before, the same crook zapped a man in Tampa, stealing his medicine outside a pharmacy on North Nebraska. They hope someone recognizes him.

"This might be the beginning of a pattern or this might've been going on around the Tampa area," said Mike Puetz, with the St. Petersburg Police Department.

"He just looked like he probably had a drug problem," Geri said.

Geri knows she's lucky -- her bruises will heal and she didn't lose any cash. But she worries about the guy's next target.

"I just hope he doesn't do it to someone else. The story might be a little different," she said.

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