PINELLAS PARK – A Pinellas Park teen was arrested on multiple charges June 30, including aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Pinellas Park police responded to a call about a disturbance in the area of 78th Avenue and 49th Street Monday morning. Public information officer Sgt. Adam Geissenberger provided a summary of events that occurred between 10 and 10:30 a.m. that led to the arrest of 15-year-old Nicholas Brian Cummings.
“At 10:05 a.m. Cummings entered the Walgreens located at 7751 49th St. N. and selected several food items from the shelves, Geissenberger reported. “ Cummings passed all points of purchase and made no effort to pay for the items that he had selected. Cummings was confronted by a staff member who asked him to pay for the items. Cummings took a full 2-liter bottle of soda and threw it at the clerk. The bottle missed the clerk and Cummings fled the area on foot.”
Next, Cummings went to a parking lot on the east side of 49th Street just north of 76th Avenue, where he reportedly began to throw rocks at two parked vehicles while consuming the items he took from Walgreens.
That’s when patrons and employees from Sonic, 7725 49th St. N., got involved. They confronted the teen and told him to stop throwing rocks. Cummings approached one of the patrons, a 59-year-old female and threw two rocks at her, striking her once, which resulted in injury. A Sonic employee tried to intervene, and Cummings fled the area.
The employee, a 29-year-old male, followed Cummings, who had armed himself with a large, heavy tree branch. He struck the employee on the arm with the branch, causing injury. Cummings then ran north to 78th Avenue where he struck a parked vehicle with a rock, breaking out the windshield and damaging the driver’s side window.
The teen continued to flee, according to the police report, and then threw a large decorative lawn stone through the window of an occupied residence.
“At this time, Cummings was located by officers and taken into custody without incident. Cummings lied about who he was,” Geissenberger reported. “His identity was made known with the assistance of other law enforcement personnel.”
The teen’s actions caused more than $3,000 in property damage and injury to two people. He was arrested and taken to the juvenile assessment center where he was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, four counts of criminal mischief, two charges of aggravated battery, obstruction by disguised person, retail theft and throwing a deadly missile.