Florida man survives 3-story fall in Sam Ash Music store robbery in Clearwater

Posted March 24|Update March 24

A Clearwater man is facing a burglary charge after police say he broke into a Sam Ash Music store – and survived a fall from three stories in the process.

Police say the man broke into the music store, which is located on McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater and was once a large open banquet hall and for decades was the popular Kapok Tree Inn restaurant, around 4 45 p.m. on October 20. The man entered the building through a window near the roof and walked around a peripheral ledge around the building. He then lost his balance and fell three stories, hitting a lamppost and a guitar screen on the way down, according to police reports.

The exterior of the Clearwater location of the Sam Ash Music store is seen on Thursday. A Clearwater man is facing a burglary charge after police say he broke into the store – and survived a three-story fall in the process. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]

The suspect used an amplifier to break through a glass door and exit the building, police said. He left a trail of blood, which was linked to him via DNA analysis, according to court documents.

The exterior of the Clearwater location of the Sam Ash Music store is seen on Thursday.  A Clearwater man is facing a burglary charge after police say he broke into the store - and survived a three-story fall in the process.
The exterior of the Clearwater location of the Sam Ash Music store is seen on Thursday. A Clearwater man is facing a burglary charge after police say he broke into the store – and survived a three-story fall in the process. [ CHRIS URSO | Times ]

Police reviewed video from five different Ring camera surveillance systems, which showed a vehicle driving through the area that resembled the suspect’s 2009 silver four-door Kia Spectra. An equipment trailer break-in was reported around the same time. The suspect was also arrested in connection with this case.

The suspect was arrested on March 10. He was released from Pinellas County Jail two days later on $10,000 bond.

the Tampa Bay Time does not name suspects in brief petty crime stories.

Alice P. Darby