July 10, 2001
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Shanley, 863 534-6631 or
Tampa Man Charged with
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