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New billboards show Pinellas Trail attack suspect

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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.

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