Alleged Crime Spree: 11 Victims, 2 Dead

The St. Petersburg suspect is a former school principal suspected in an assault at a motel, stabbing at a group home and a hit-and-run in Lealman, where the driver plowed into a porch.


Anthony Giancola, 45, faces two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder in the Friday stabbing of four people at a group home for the hearing impaired.

Killed were Justin Lee Vandenburgh, 27, and  Mary Anne Allis, 58, both of 5100 35th Way North, which is the Lealman section of St. Petersburg.

Injured were Danielle Whitney Gilbert, 29, and Janice Denise Rhoden, 43, also of the same address.


Anthony Giancola is the prime suspect in a hit-and-run that injured four adults and a teenage boy today in Lealman.

He is also being questioned in connection to two other violent crimes today: an assault at a motel and a stabbing that killed two adults and injured two others at a halfway house.

Giancola of St. Petersburg is in custody tonight as detectives investigate the incidents. Giancola is a former Tampa school principal.

Here is the timeline of events:

  • At 10:48 a.m. Friday, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office received a call about a stabbing at a group home for the hearing-impaired, at 5100 35th Way North. A male victim was pronounced deceased on scene. Three other people were transported to local hospital. A female victim was pronounced dead the hospital.
  • Witnesses to the stabbing incident provided a description of the suspect to police. The suspect is later identified as Anthony Giancola. A knife was recovered at the scene.
  • Investigators allege that Giancola left the group home and drove to Kenvin's Motel, at 6801 Haines Road, in Pinellas Park, where two people were assaulted. The victims, a male and a female, have been transported to a local hospital. The injuries of the male appear to be life threatening. Pinellas Park Police handled this incident.
  • The victims are identified as Kanu A Patel, 57, and Indiranden Patel,
    57. They are husband and wife, and are the owners of the Kenvins Motel.
  • Giancola is then believed to have proceeded to 5705-B 58th Avenue North, where he briefly spoke to people standing outside the duplex. He then abruptly left and then returned. He plowed his vehicle collided into three adult females and one adult male who were on a front porch. The three females were transported to a local hospital, and the male refused transport.
  • The suspect then proceeded west on 58th Avenue, where he struck a 13-year-old boy. The child sustained minor injuries. The driver then fled to the Egg Platter located at Haines and US 19, where he abandoned his vehicle and entered another vehicle and fled. This incident was handled by Florida Highway Patrol.
  • Giancola was later tracked by the Sheriff's K-9 Unit in the area of 56 Ave N and 66th Lane North. Giancola continues to be interviewed at this time.

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Earlier post: Hit-and-Run Driver Strikes Five People


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