PINELLAS PARK – A 22-year-old transient used a bomb threat to get tellers at a bank in Pinellas Park to hand over an undisclosed amount of cash just before 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 9.
Pinellas Park police reported that a male suspect went to Grow Financial, 6900 Park Blvd., and set a bag on the counter and told the teller that the bag contained a bomb and then demanded money. The teller gave money to the man and he fled on foot, leaving the bag behind.
Pinellas Park police, along with Tampa police’s bomb squad and K-9 units responded. The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office provided support from the air. Nearby businesses were evacuated.
Tampa PD’s bomb squad retrieved the bag and took the device to an isolated area of the bank property. The “bomb” turned out to be an alarm clock with a television antenna.
Meanwhile, K-9 officer G.D. Weaver and his K-9 partner Tank trailed the suspect and caught him a short distance from the bank, according to the police report. Carmine James Macedonio, formerly of New Port Richey, was taken into custody about 5:45 p.m. The money was recovered.
Police reported that Macedonio received puncture wounds and lacerations on his legs when he was “taken down by Tank” after resisting arrest. The FBI also responded and interviewed Macedonio on possible federal charges.
Macedonio was booked into the Pinellas County Jail at 4:06 a.m. May 10. He was charged with resisting arrest without violence, deprive officer of means of communication, robbery with a deadly weapon or firearm and possession of a hoax bomb. Bond for the charges related to the robbery totaled $70,150.
He is being held without bond on four charges from Pasco County, including violation of parole trafficking in stolen property, violation of parole scheme to defraud and burglary.