CARROLLWOOD, Fla. — A Hillsborough County man faces multiple charges for attempted robberies and home invasions in a Carrollwood neighborhood, authorities say. They're also investigating if he's the suspect behind the shooting of a woman in her 70s in the same area.
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Derrick Walker, 22, was arrested Saturday after several encounters with residents in the neighborhood, according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
Walked attempted to get into the front door of one locked home, authorities say, and when he couldn't get in he shot at the mostly glass door. The shot narrowly missed a person inside.
He knocked on another homeowners door and pointed a gun at them when they answered. They immediately shut the door on him and locked it, authorities say.
Another homeowner told authorities he was getting his mail when he heard someone running up behind him. He quickly went inside his home and realized it was the suspect when he turned around to lock the door, according to authorities.
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Deputies arrived at the scene and Walker attempted to run away from them, but was caught. A 9MM handgun was recovered and he was placed under arrest. Deputies later learned the gun was reported stolen out of Pasco County.
Authorities are working to determine if Walker is the same suspect behind the robbery and shooting of a woman in her 70s just one mile away the day before. The woman was shot in the leg after she was approached while feeding cats.
At this time, Walker faces three counts of attempted robbery home invasion; two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony; three counts of shooting at, within or into a building; aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony; aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, resisting an officer without violence and open carrying of a weapon.
Walker is being held with no bond at the Orient Road Jail.