Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Suspect Eyed in Other Robberies; St. Augustine Man Charged in Flagler Case

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Suspect Eyed in Other Robberies; St. Augustine Man Charged in Flagler Case

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Byline: Dana Treen, Times-Union staff writer

A St. Augustine man charged yesterday with robbing a real estate agent in Flagler County is a suspect in similar robberies in other Florida counties and South Georgia, authorities said.

Richard Pate, 37, has been charged with robbery, kidnapping and grand theft after a real estate agent in Flagler County was tied up and left in a closet after her assailant robbed her, then used the woman's bank teller card July 7.

She was attacked after a man posing as a real estate buyer met her at a house in an isolated, oceanfront area in Flagler County. A second man served as a lookout, authorities said.

Pate is also a suspect in the robbery of a 78-year-old Palm Coast woman who met her assailant about selling her condominium. She was robbed of $2,000 after she was forced to write and cash a check and withdraw money from an automated teller.

Authorities in Flagler County arrested Pate after investigating an anonymous tip, they said. Pate, who listed his occupation as salesman, lived in an apartment in the 600 block of Pope Road in St. Augustine.

Flagler County detectives said Pate is a suspect in two Flagler County robberies, one in Volusia County and one in Brevard County.

In Georgia, a robber who posed as a prospective buyer tied up a Glynn County real estate agent after threatening her with pepper spray. The assailant took the 45-year-old woman's diamond wedding rings. Investigators in Georgia believe the same man is responsible for robberies in Lowndes County.

In the cases, the man stole jewelry, cash, credit cards and cellular phones.

More than $1,000 in stolen jewelry was recovered by investigators, they said.

CRIME NEWS

SHOOTING VICTIM: Jacksonville police have identified a shooting victim who was found Saturday in the 4200 block of Barmer Drive.

Jeremy Lalmansingh, 26, of 6100 block of Soutel Drive was declared dead at the scene about 8:15 p.m., according to the Sheriff's Office. Police said they initially thought Lalmansingh was shot during a home invasion robbery but the shooting later did not fit that category.

No arrests have been made. Lalmansingh was one of four people shot and killed during the weekend in Jacksonville; another man was stabbed with a broken beer bottle but survived the attack, police said.

IN THE COURTS

SAMPLES SOUGHT: Prosecutors asked yesterday for body fluid samples from Paul Durousseau, the former Jacksonville taxicab driver accused of killing six women.

The request was made during a brief hearing in Durousseau's first-degree murder case.

Chief Assistant Public Defender Bill White said he hasn't decided whether to fight the request before Durousseau's next hearing Sept. 15.

Durousseau, 32, was indicted in June in the strangling deaths of five Jacksonville women from December to February. …

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