The Bizarre World of Florida

Employees at a tattoo store didn’t take an robbery attempt lying down. January 31, 2012

According the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, on Jan. 28 around 8:05 p.m., 44-year-old David Pereira entered the Addiction Ink tattoo store and demanded for the owner and his sister’s money back.

Four employees struggled with Pereira and held him down until police came.

Police say the weapon Pereira was pointing at the employees was made up of three D batteries wrapped in electrical tape with white cardboard and furniture stuffing around the bottom, along with a piece of metal that could resemble a trigger guard.

Everyone there told police they thought he had some sort of gun or taser.

Pereira was charged with Attempted Robbery with a Weapon and is being held on $20,000 bond until his court date on Feb. 21.


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