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Grandmother buying formula for grandkids held at gunpoint in Wal-Mart parking lot

Police respond to 100's of calls in past 2 months
Posted at 10:29 PM, Aug 26, 2016

A grandmother made a quick run to Wal-Mart on Wednesday to buy formula for her grandkids. As she was loading up her car a man pulled a gun on her demanding cash.

 

The victim told ABC Action News reporter Michael Paluska she was terrified.  

 

“I turned around and he is right in my face,” the victim who did not want to be identified said. “He's like give me your money. I went OK I don't have any money.”

 

The victim said she finally told the suspect identified as Kevin Barber, 55, that she only had a debit card for food stamps. That’s when he put the gun down and apologized.

 

“He goes no I think I mistaked your for someone else a girl I know took me for money the other day,” the victim said.  

 

The victim called police who were able to arrest Barber later that afternoon.

 

“To do what you did to me was unacceptable sir, completely unacceptable,” the victim said.  A life, a life, it isn't worth it, you threw your life away for what? A few dollars.”

 

Police said they have been to the Wal-Mart 261 times since June 26. A majority of their calls are for shoplifters, but police have responded their for hit and runs, battery, suspicious vehicles, theft, domestic issues, and that is just to name a few.

 

Pinellas Park Police arrested Barber later in the day.  He is charged with Attempted Robbery with a deadly weapon. According to the report he admitted to using a fake gun to hold the victim up and steal her money.  Barber is held on a $150,000 bond.