Renny Beatch from John’s Key Shop in Pinellas Park replaces the lock on Charles Clark’s front door April 2. Clark was beaten and stabbed in an attack April 1. His vehicle was stolen that night and has since been recovered. YoHo’s Collision Center towed the vehicle without charge to Walker Ford where it is getting a free lock change.
PINELLAS PARK – An 84-year-old man was attacked and stabbed in what police believe was an attempted robbery about 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 1, on 76th Avenue in Pinellas Park.
Pinellas Park police report that Charles Clark suffered serious injuries in the attack. He was transported to an area hospital where he was treated and released, according to Sgt. Adam Geissenberger, Pinellas Park police public information officer.
Geissenberger also reported April 2 that Clark’s vehicle had been stolen overnight. The vehicle had been parked in front of his residence on 76th Avenue and was taken sometime between 11 p.m. and 3 a.m. The vehicle was recovered Wednesday morning in south St. Petersburg. Police believe as many as four suspects may have been involved in the theft.
Geissenberger said the community was reaching out to assist the victim. Walker Ford is changing the locks on the vehicle at no charge. YoHo’s Collision Center provided free towing. John’s Key Shop replaced the locks on Clark’s residence.
Clark was attacked Monday morning as he exited his vehicle in a parking lot on 76th Avenue. He told police that he had struggled to break free and knocked one of the subjects to the ground.
Clark also said that he struggled with one of the other male subjects. The subjects didn’t demand anything from Clark as they fought. At one point, one of the subjects produced a knife and Clark was stabbed at least twice. Police believe a knife recovered at the scene was used in the attack.
A passerby saw the attack and ran to aid Clark. He scared the subjects off and they fled the scene on bicycles. Clark believes the motivation for the attack was to steal his vehicle.
Police are asking the public’s assistance to identify the attackers. The first suspect is a black male in his late teens with average height and weight. The second suspect is a black male in his early to late teens. The third is a Hispanic female, in her early teens, heavier build with “a lot of” red or brown hair, who was continually trying to stuff her hair into a grey sweatshirt hoodie.
Area schools were placed on lockdown while Pinellas Park K-9 units searched the area with the assistance of PCSO air support.
Geissenberger said Wednesday afternoon that police had identified three juvenile suspects. Active warrants have been issued for Jazmine Burney and Antonio Peterson on unrelated criminal offenses. The third suspect is Xavier Peterson.
Geissenberger reported just after 5 p.m. and Antonio Peterson was in custody.