Serial armed kidnappers targeting apartment complexes

Victims forced to drive robbers to ATMs

TAMPA, Fla. - For the past two days two people have been kidnapped at gunpoint, made to drive to ATMs and get cash and then driven back to the apartment complex where the crime initially happened.

These crimes were committed at Oak Bend Apartments and Spanish Trace Apartments. They are across the street from each other.

“It's scary,” Sarah Brumfield said.  “I'm a single woman. I live alone.  It's frightening, as you can see there are a lot of kids family out here playing.”

On Wednesday around 4:00 a.m., investigators said, the first victim was getting out of his car at the Oak Bend Apartments, when two men approached with guns, wearing ski masks, and made him drive to the ATM at Fowler and Nebraska.

After he withdrew the cash the suspects made him drive back to his house and they took off on foot.

On Thursday, the second victim was approached by three men. They were not wearing ski masks. The victim was sitting in his car when they forced him into the passenger seat and made him drive to various locations taking out cash and buying other items. He was also driven back to his house where the men took off on foot.

Suspects from Wednesday’s armed kidnapping:

  1. Black male, 22-29 years of age, 5'11", thin build, dark clothes and ski mask armed with a black handgun.
     
  2. Black male, 5'08", thin build, dark clothes and ski mask armed with a black handgun.

Suspects from Thursday’s armed kidnapping:

  1. Black male, 5'07", early 20s, lighter skin, thick eyebrows, slim muscular build, short black buzz cut hair, no tattoos observed, possible mustache, black hooded sweater, dark pants, black shoes, black gloves, possibly .45 caliber black handgun, no accent
     
  2. Black male, 5'04"-5'06", 15-16 years of age, no tattoos/no facial hair observed, slim, skinny build, darker skin, hair cut in top fade, black hoodie, unknown pants, black gloves, "baby face," possibly .45 caliber black handgun
     
  3. Black male, 5'08", 15-16 years of age, medium complexion, no facial hair, no tattoos, longer top fade haircut, black hoodie, unknown style/color sagging shorts (kept having to pick up shorts), stood outside with victim at businesses while other two suspects stayed inside the vehicle.

Anyone with any information reference these suspects is asked to call the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office at 813-247-8200.

Anyone with any information regarding the identity and whereabouts of these suspects and who wants to be eligible for a cash reward is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS (8477), report anonymously online at www.crimestopperstb.com or send a mobile tip using our P3 Tips Mobile application, which is a free download for iPhones, iPads and Droids. You must call Crime Stoppers first to be eligible for a reward.

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