Police search for armed suspects terrorizing Tampa community

- Tampa Police released surveillance video Thursday of a man and woman suspected of attempting two armed robberies in a matter of days, one of which left a victim recovering from a gunshot wound.

The video shows a man and woman walking in the area of 5207 N. 30th Street on Jan. 26, moments before they approached a fork lift operator.

"They started to make small talk, but once they pulled out a gun, the victim ran," said Steve Hegarty, a Tampa Police spokesperson.

Hegarty said the person holding the gun pulled the trigger, hitting the worker in the back. The victim is expected to recover. Police said the criminals didn't take anything.

Detectives believe the same two people might be responsible for another crime at the produce market at 3001 E. Hillsborough Avenue, which is around the corner from the shooting.

Hegarty said in the January 18 crime, a man and woman pulled a gun on a produce stand worker, but didn't fire a shot or take anything.

"We consider them to be armed and dangerous," Hegarty said. "We'd like to get them off the streets, so we're going to need some help identifying them."

Police believe the suspects are familiar with the area and may even live nearby.

Neighbors are hopeful investigators quickly track down the man and woman responsible.

"I pray that they hurry up and catch the people because they're making it bad for people that's trying to make a living and that's just sitting out on their porch and trying to have fun or come outside with their kids and have fun," said Arneatra McMillan, who runs a daycare a block away. "Even [when] you don't have nothing for them to take, they still do stuff to you. When is this going to ever stop?"

Anyone who can identify the suspects or has any information about the crimes is asked to call Tampa Police.

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