Seminole, Florida – 18 year-old Kaitlin Karp and a 17 year-old girl were arrested for their roles in what Pinellas deputies say was an attempted armed robbery at Seminole Mall, Monday afternoon.
The girls allegedly helped lure a 18 year-old Annalee Brewer and 18 year-old Charles Tarr to the mall for a drug deal. Brewer returned to pick up her car at the Monday night, but the teenager had nothing to say about her close call there earlier in the day and her rescue by a Sheriff’s deputy.
- Annalee Brewer, Robbery victim:
- “No, that’s it, that’s it…I’m not allowed to talk about anything.”
The drama in the parking lot began some six hours earlier about 1:40 p. m.
According to the Sheriff’s office, off-duty deputy Scott Reid was at the mall with his family when he noticed a suspicious man. Reid called for patrol units, but before help arrived Reid saw the man pull a gun and approach Brewer’s black BMW.
Brewer’s passenger, 18-year-old Charles Tarr, struggled with the gunman and that’s when Deputy Reid took action.
- Sgt. Jim Bordner, Pinellas Sheriff’s spokesman:
- “The deputy felt compelled to intervene at that point. There were a minimum of two shots fired. The suspect was struck.”
The suspect, 22-year-old Derek Erskin, was taken to a hospital and he’s expected to recover. Erskin’s been charged with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, armed robbery and possession of marijuana.
Neither teen was injured and detectives questioned them for hours. Both families declined to comment Monday evening.
Deputy Reid was placed on paid-administrative leave, while the shooting is investigated. That is routine.
Kathryn Bursch, Tampa Bay's 10 News