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Tampa man charged with robbing eight fast-food restaurants

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Published:   |   Updated: March 14, 2013 at 01:45 AM

A Tampa man has been arrested on charges he robbed eight fast-food restaurants in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties in a two-month period.

The United States Attorney's Office said Demetrius Renaldo Bowers, 28, armed with a semi-automatic handgun, robbed the restaurants between Sept. 23 and Nov. 4.

Authorities say the suspect wore a black ski mask and used a concrete block to shatter the restaurant windows.

Law enforcement officers say DNA recovered from a ski mask found after a robbery at a Papa John's on Gunn Highway in Tampa match Bowers, and further investigation placed Bowers at the scenes of the other seven armed robberies.

If convicted, Bowers faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 57 years in federal prison on firearms charges and a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison for each robbery. 

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