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Police reports

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published June 16, 2002

Zephyrhills man arrested for tying wife, striking son

ZEPHYRHILLS -- A 32-year-old man was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, false imprisonment and aggravated child abuse after police say he "hog-tied" his wife with his socks, threatened her with a knife and knocked out four front teeth of his 2-year-old son.

Eugenio Riviera, 38941 North Ave., Zephyrhills, remained in Land O'Lakes Jail Saturday on $40,000 bond.

Riviera tied up his wife with his socks and a blanket on June 3, leaving her in a "hog-tie" position for several hours, according to a report with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. He put a steak knife to her throat, saying, "I'm going to kill you," the report said.

During the incident, Riviera hit his 2-year-old son in the mouth with an open hand, knocking out his four top front teeth, and struck him in the head.

Riviera was found by police and arrested late Thursday night at 39119 Daughtery Road in Zephyrhills.

Pedestrian killed while crossing U.S. 19

HOLIDAY -- A pedestrian crossing U.S. 19 was struck and killed by a passing vehicle, police said Saturday.

Melna Kilo Fitzpatrick-Jacob, 36, of 5030 Drift Tide Drive of New Port Richey was crossing the highway south of Trouble Creek Road Thursday night shortly after 9:30 p.m. when the accident occurred, according to a report from the Florida Highway Patrol.

Joseph Rodriguez, 2609 Almond Drive, Holiday, was driving his 2000 Mercury south on U.S. 19 when he struck Fitzpatrick-Jacob just south of the intersection of Trouble Creek Road, the report stated.

Charges were pending in the investigation, as were tests to determine if Fitzpatrick-Jacob had been drinking alcohol.

Trio robs migrant workers at home at gunpoint

DADE CITY -- The Pasco County Sheriff's Office is investigating a home invasion after two armed men and a woman forced their way into the home of migrant workers and stole their wallets at gunpoint, police reports said.

The three broke into the apartment in the migrant workers' camp at 17th and Clinton streets between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Friday, according to the reports with the Sheriff's Office.

The three took wallets belonging to Alberto Vasquez, 28, and his brother, Pedro, 20, both fruit pickers, and fled out the door, the report stated.

The trio made off with about $1,000, but the Vasquez brothers were more worried about their stolen identification inside the wallet, they told police.

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