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St. Petersburg Police make arrest in string of violent taxi cab robberies

St. Petersburg Police charged 21 year-old Drajan N. Polite with three separate violent robberies of cab drivers that occurred in September and October. In two of the cases, Polite used a hammer to strike the cab drivers in the head in order to rob them.

On September 6, at 1:15 a.m., at 1963 16th Avenue South, Polite robbed a cab driver and struck him in the head with a hammer, injuring him before robbing him.

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On September 19, at 2:50 a.m., at 2588 11th Avenue South, Polite robbed a cab
driver (the driver didn’t suffer injuries).

On October 3, at 3:12 a.m., at 3400 21st Avenue South, Polite robbed a cab driver and struck him in the face with the hammer causing injuries and knocking out teeth.

Polite was already in jail on unrelated charges. He now faces additional charges for aggravated battery, robbery with a weapon, strong armed robbery, and numerous violation of probation and failure to appear charges.


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