Seminole Man Injured in Home Invasion
Pinellas sheriff’s deputies are investigating a home invasion robbery in unincorporated Seminole. One victim received a minor injury, deputies say.
SEMINOLE – A man was slightly injured Wednesday (Jan. 11) while struggling with another man who forced his way into the home at gunpoint, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.
Robert Martin, 72, of 11620 Oak Ave. N in unincorporated Seminole, received a minor injury to his hand and was treated at the scene. His wife, Kathleen Zingler, 71, was not injured.
The home invasion happened about 3:45 p.m. shortly after Martin returned from the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tampa, Deputies said someone knocked at the front door of the
residence and, when Zingler answered the door, a man armed with a black handgun forced his way into the home and threatened both of them.
Martin grabbed the barrel of the suspect’s handgun. During the struggle, the suspect’s handgun discharged. Deputies said no one was struck by the bullet, however, the man regained control of his gun and demanded cash and valuables.
Deputies said the man forced both Martin and Zingler into a bedroom and made them get on the ground as he fled with cash and valuables.
The suspect is described as a white male, about 20 years old, tall, slender build, wearing all black clothing, a winter jacket, clear glasses and carrying a black revolver. Deputies said they believe that the man left the scene in a vehicle but there is no vehicle description at this time.
Anyone with information about this case is asked to contact the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office at (727) 582-6200, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS or crimestoppersofpinellas.org.
For information about the Pinellas County sheriff, go to pcsoweb.com.
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