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Department of Justice

U.S. Attorney's Office
Middle District of Florida

For Immediate Release

Friday, August 2, 2019
Maria Chapa Lopez
, United States Attorney
Contact: William Daniels

St. Petersburg Man Arrested After Attempted Armed Robbery

Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces the arrest of Terrian J. Knight (29, St. Petersburg) on a criminal complaint charging him with being a felon in possession of a firearm. If convicted, Knight faces a maximum penalty of 10 years in federal prison.

According to the complaint, on July 30, 2019, Knight attempted to rob the assistant manager of a St. Petersburg Family Dollar store as the manager was leaving the store. During the course of the robbery, Knight produced a firearm and shot the victim twice. After hiding in a retention pond area for approximately seven hours, Knight was taken into custody, and law enforcement recovered the firearm used in the shooting.

A criminal complaint is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed one or more violations of federal criminal law, and every defendant is presumed innocent unless, and until, proven guilty.

This case was investigated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the St. Petersburg Police Department. It will be prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Callan Albritton.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN), a program that has been successful in bringing together all levels of law enforcement to reduce violent crime and make our neighborhoods safer for everyone. In the Middle District of Florida, U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez coordinates PSN efforts in cooperation with various federal, state, and local law enforcement officials.


Tampa Field Division