|Published:||Jul 11, 2013 11:20 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Jul 11, 2013 11:30 PM EDT|
CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - A murder suspect from the Tampa area is behind bars in Charlotte County.
Wink News was in the courthouse Thursday morning when a judge refused bond for 20 year old Lawrence Bongiovanni. He's accused of killing a convenience store clerk during a robbery Wednesday.
Authorities believe Bongiovanni is the man seen in surveillance video at a Hillsborough County 7-11, hiding and stalking Kenneth Redding.
That was before officials say, Bongiovanni stabbed the 54-year old to death.
After the attack, Bongiovanni stole hundreds of lottery tickets and took off. The Florida Lottery Commission alerted detectives in Charlotte County that the lottery tickets were being cashed at several area stores.
Wednesday evening deputies tracked Bongiovanni to Midway Boulevard. He was walking towards Scotten Street with a woman.
They handcuffed him and took him to the Charlotte County Jail.
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office also detained two other suspects in Sarasota County for questioning but there was not enough evidence to link them to the crime.
Bogiovanni was already on probation for aggravated battery.
The judge put Bongiovanni on a 72 hour review giving Hillsborough County the opportunity to extradite. He is scheduled back in court Friday for violating his probation.
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