New billboards show Pinellas Trail attack suspect - WFLA News Channel 8

New billboards show Pinellas Trail attack suspect

Posted: Updated:
There is a $2,500 reward for a tip leading to the arrest of Germaine Small. There is a $2,500 reward for a tip leading to the arrest of Germaine Small.

St. Petersburg Police are hoping digital billboards will generate tips to help them find a suspect in an attack on the Pinellas Trail.

Germaine Small is accused of attacking and robbing a couple who were bike riding on the Pinellas Trail at about 3 p.m. on February 1. When the victims wouldn't hand over their bikes, police say Small struck the woman in the face, hard enough to knock out several teeth.DNA evidence at the crime scene linked Small to the attack, said police.

Police asked for assistance from the U.S. Marshals Service, in posting Small's photo on billboards across the Bay Area. Clear Channel Outdoor owns the billboards and offers law enforcement the use of them as a public service. The photo and information on the fugitive flashes 1200 times a day on a billboard.

A U.S. Marshals Service spokesman said they use the billboards to find high profile fugitives in this area about five times a year. In January, the billboards helped authorities locate Christopher Jones in about two days. He was accused in the sexual battery of a minor.

In Small's case, 18 billboards are displaying his photo.

Small is 17 years old, but police certified him as an adult in the trail attack because of the violence of the crime. They say he has a long criminal history, including auto theft and robbery.

Investigators say the case is also important, because they want to alleviate the public's concern about safety on the Pinellas Trail.

There is a $2,500 reward for a tip leading to the arrest of Germaine Small. If you have information that can help investigators, call (727) 639-1167.

Copyright 2014 WFLA. All rights reserved.


  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • TPD claims training stories fell short

    TPD claims training stories fell short

    Thursday, August 21 2014 5:12 PM EDT2014-08-21 21:12:02 GMT
    The Tampa police department is responding to an 8 On Your Side investigation into a January shooting.The police contend the reports were incomplete and contained errors.The stories focused on a January 9th police shooting in Tampa and the lack of crisis intervention team training at T.P.D.
    The Tampa police department is responding to an 8 On Your Side investigation into a January shooting.The police contend the reports were incomplete and contained errors.The stories focused on a January 9th police shooting in Tampa and the lack of crisis intervention team training at T.P.D.
  • TPD responds to story controversy surrounding police shooting

    TPD responds to story controversy surrounding police shooting

    Thursday, August 21 2014 12:48 PM EDT2014-08-21 16:48:17 GMT
    Jason TurkJason Turk
    An 8 On Your Side investigation into police shooting and the lack of Crisis Intervention Team training at the Tampa police department is not sitting well with T.P.D.Police spokesperson Laura McElroy sent an email to News Channel 8 management with the subject line labeled, "The Rest of the Story
    An 8 On Your Side investigation into police shooting and the lack of Crisis Intervention Team training at the Tampa police department is not sitting well with T.P.D.Police spokesperson Laura McElroy sent an email to News Channel 8 management with the subject line labeled, "The Rest of the Story
  • Verizon insists on seeing Town N' Country man's birth certificate for credit report error

    Verizon insists on seeing Town N' Country man's birth certificate for credit report error

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 5:26 PM EDT2014-08-20 21:26:13 GMT
    James Woolever was shocked to find a bad mark on his credit report. Especially since it was for an "outstanding balance" from a Verizon account opened in 1979. He knew that couldn't be right, because he was just 6 years old then.
    James Woolever was shocked to find a bad mark on his credit report. Especially since it was for an "outstanding balance" from a Verizon account opened in 1979. He knew that couldn't be right, because he was just 6 years old then.
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.