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By Times staff reports
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 13, 2002

Girl reports rape by 18-year-old

PORT RICHEY -- An 18-year-old New Port Richey man was arrested Tuesday evening after a 17-year-old girl told Port Richey police officers that he raped her.

Timothy Adam Cothron, of 7301 Royal Palm Drive, faces one charge of sexual battery.

The girl told officers that Cothron repeatedly knocked on her bedroom window at 4 a.m. Tuesday, then opened her window and said he needed to talk to her. She told him to leave and went back to bed, reports said.

The girl said she later realized that her eyeglasses had fallen out of her window and went outside to retrieve them, thinking Cothron had left. When she bent down to pick up her glasses, Cothron was standing in front of her, reports said. They talked briefly, and Cothron asked for a goodbye hug, she told officers.

Cothron then put the girl in a headlock and held a knife at her throat, sheriff's reports said. He raped her and threatened to kill her and blow up her house if she called the police, according to the report.

Cothron was being held without bail Wednesday at the Land O'Lakes jail.

Man with razor demands money from pedestrian

PORT RICHEY -- A man cut a Port Richey woman with a razor during a failed robbery attempt about 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sheriff's Office reports said.

Tracy Keck, 26, was walking home from her job when a man approached her near Frank's Nursery on San Miguel Drive in Port Richey. He grabbed her by the wrist, held a razor toward her and demanded money, reports said.

Keck told him she didn't have any. He cut her several times on her forearm. He then fled, reports said. Keck could not give a detailed description of the would-be robber.

Bank robber strikes in New Port Richey

NEW PORT RICHEY -- A man carrying a note walked into the Bank of America branch at 4526 U.S. 19 and demanded cash shortly after 9 a.m. Wednesday.

He gave the teller a note indicating he had a gun.

He then fled with an undisclosed amount of cash. He got into an older model beige car and headed north on U.S. 19, the Sheriff's Office said.

The robber was described as 20 to 25 years old, white, 5 feet 8 and about 170 pounds. He was unshaven and wearing sunglasses, a black T-shirt that read "Tampa Bay," and a baseball cap put on backward.

No injuries were reported.

Anyone with information is asked to call toll-free 1-800-854-2862, ext. 7279.

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