Date: July 10, 2001 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact: Michal Shanley, 863 534-6631 or 819-0397 pager
Tampa Man Charged with K-Mart Robbery

A Tampa man has been arrested on a Polk County Sheriff's Office warrant for the armed robbery and shooting at the Lakeland K-Mart store in May.

Rivas Livingston, DOB 6/11/81, of 3002 46th Street North in Tampa, was arrested on a warrant at his workplace in Tampa on Friday (July 6, 2001) at around 10 a.m. He is charged with Armed Robbery; Attempted Felony Murder; and three counts of Aggravated Assault.

On May 3, 2001, Livingston - who was armed with a handgun - entered the K-Mart store located at 4717 South Florida Avenue in Lakeland. The suspect approached a Loomis Fargo employee - who also was armed - and grabbed the employee's handgun and pointed the gun at the victim, ordering the victim to hand over his canvas bank bag. The suspect then fled on foot with the bank bag, which only contained several bullets and no money. On his way out of the store, the suspect - who was now armed with two weapons - encountered and shot K-Mart employee John Pearcy of Lakeland in the shoulder, breaking his shoulder bone.

The suspect then ran out of the store and took off in a maroon Nissan Pathfinder. The suspect's eratic driving aroused the interest of off-duty Osceola County Deputy Sheriff John Kuyper of Kissimmee, who began to follow the suspect in his truck. As they turned onto the Polk County Parkway, the suspect fired four shots at the off-duty deputy's vehicle. No one was injured. The suspect escaped at that time.

The investigation revealed that the Nissan Pathfinder used in the robbery had been stolen from Courtesy Toyota of Brandon, where suspect Livingston was an employee. Further investigation led to Livingston, who was identified as the suspect who committed the armed robbery.  Livingston was arrested at his workplace and booked into the Hillsborough County Jail.

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