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Inmate tries to steal car moments after release

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Fresh from the slammer, Frank Singleton decided he was too tired to walk the 6 miles home.

So he snatched the car keys from a 23-year-old woman and tried to steal her 2006 Nissan 350Z. Right in the jail parking lot. But he hadn't counted on it being a five-speed manual transmission, which he couldn't drive.


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And he certainly hadn't counted on a priest with a gun. The priest, who turned out to be sheriff's clergy Leo Krug, forced Singleton out of the driver's seat and to the ground.

So instead of going home a few hours after his arrest on a misdemeanor trespassing charge Tuesday morning, Singleton was sent back to his cell charged with felony carjacking.

The 23-year-old victim, who asked that her name be withheld for her safety, said that other people stood around while Krug intervened while holding the gun at his side.

"I was screaming bloody murder the whole time," the woman said. "The car door was still open, I was holding onto the door. ... He had no interest in my wallet, my purse. He wanted a ride. The gentleman with the gun came over and forced him out."

When a deputy asked Singleton what happened, Singleton said he "didn't feel like walking" to his home 6 miles away on 29th Street in West Palm Beach, according to the arrest report.

In Singleton's second mug shot taken at noon, he's wearing the same white T-shirt he wore for his initial 5 a.m. arrest. Singleton has prior arrests on burglary, larceny and grand theft auto charges.
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