Two people have been arrested on first-degree murder charges in the slaying of a 51-year-old man who was trying to stop thieves from breaking into a neighbor's car.
Aaron Edward Cook, 20, of 12260 Land St. N., Largo, and Tiffany Ann Mitchell, 19, of 3015 Catherine Drive, Clearwater, were arrested late Thursday.
Detectives said the pair burglarized nine cars at the Whetstone apartments, 8400 49th St. N. in Pinellas Park, to steal sound systems. A resident, Richard Levo, spotted thieves breaking into his neighbor's Toyota Camry and confronted them about 1:30 a.m. Thursday.
Levo was beaten and stabbed during the fight but managed to get back to his second-story apartment to call 911 and give a brief description of his attackers. He died at a hospital three hours later.
Detectives found some of the stolen items hidden behind one of the buildings in the complex and learned the suspects had fled to an acquaintance's apartment there, said Pinellas Park police Lt. Paul Andrews. The pair then fled to a hotel in New Port Richey, where they were taken into custody.
Cook and Mitchell are expected to have their first court appearance on the murder charges Saturday.
In January, Cook was found guilty of grand theft of a motor vehicle, reckless driving, and fleeing and eluding. He was sentenced to about eight months in jail and was released June 11, records show.