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Man charged in 'shattered window bandit' robberies

Tampa, Florida -- The U.S. State Attorney's Office has charged a man in connection with a slew of armed robberies at fast food restaurants spanning three counties.

Investigators say DNA evidence recovered at the scene of one of the robberies on Sept. 23 at a Papa John's restaurant on Gunn Highway matched that of 28-year-old Demetrius Bowers.

In all, eight fast food restaurants were robbed by a man armed with a semi-automatic handgun in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Hernando counties between Sept. 23 and Nov. 4. During each of the robberies, the suspect wore a black ski mask and used a concrete block to shatter the restaurants' window, dubbing him the "Shattered Window Bandit".

Armed robber hits fast food, pizza places

Further investigation into the other robberies places Bowers at the scene. If convicted, Bowers faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 57 years in prison on the firearm charges and a maximum sentence of 20 years for each robbery.


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