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Police reports

By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 4, 2002

Robber tells couple he has HIV and nothing to lose

HUDSON -- A man and woman told Pasco County deputies that they were robbed at gunpoint early Thursday, according to a sheriff's report.

The man and woman -- who are not being named by the St. Petersburg Times because no one has been arrested in the case -- said they had pulled into her driveway in the 6600 block of Seaview Boulevard about 1:19 a.m. when a car pulled up behind them, the report states.

They said a man got out of the car with a gun, which looked like an Uzi, the report states.

The robber said he thought the man was "Steve." The man pulled out his wallet to prove to the armed man that he wasn't Steve.

The armed man, who was wearing latex gloves, demanded their wallets, purses and mobile phones, the report states. He said he would return them if he had the wrong person.

They said the man told them that he had HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, and had nothing to lose. He got into the passenger seat, and the car drove away, the report states.

Deputies were investigating on Thursday.

Police charge suspect with fleeing, gunplay

NEW PORT RICHEY -- A New Port Richey man was arrested Wednesday on charges that he previously ran from the police and fired gunshots into the air, police said.

New Port Richey police said Kevin Edward Demkowski, 25, of 5851 Elm St., drove to a house on Pine Street early Tuesday, yelled at people sitting in front of the house and fired six shots into the air.

Police said he had an expired driver's license and ran from them on Sept. 25 when they pulled over his car for a routine traffic stop.

Demkowski was held Thursday at the Pasco County Jail in Land O'Lakes in lieu of $6,500 bail.

Murder suspect facing charges in separate attack

ZEPHYRHILLS -- A former Zephyrhills High School football standout already charged with murder now has been accused of throwing a brick into the car of an acquaintance.

Robert Andrew "A.J." Devonshire, 17, faces charges as an adult of throwing a deadly missile, a felony, according to Pasco County court records.

Latarsha Hughes told authorities that she was driving in the area of Sixth Avenue and Armstrong Street on Jan. 31 when Devonshire told her: "I told you not to come down here no more," according to the records. He then threw one brick at the front windshield of her rented 2002 Ford Taurus and another at the back windshield, the records state.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is seeking $1,931.80 for the damage to the Taurus, according to records.

Devonshire also is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Joel Wigenton, 33, who was fatally shot on May 24 in a car. Authorities say Devonshire thought Wigenton had cheated him on a drug deal.

Devonshire was held in lieu of $100,000 bail at the Pasco County Jail in Land O'Lakes on the murder charge. The bail on the deadly missile charge is $10,000.

Victim says he was stabbed by men

A Zephyrhills man fled one hospital on Wednesday night, then checked into another and told authorities that he had been attacked by four men in a Darby house.

Carter W. Struther of 5016 Eighth St. told Pasco County sheriff's deputies that he was staying at the Darby home of Anna Hernandez but could not provide an address.

He said four men came to the house about 10:30 p.m. asking for Struther's sister, Kimberly. When Struther asked them to leave, the men began punching and pushing him, according to the sheriff's report. Struther fell, and one man stabbed him repeatedly, the report states.

Struther initially identified the man who stabbed him as a 26-year-old, 6-foot-tall man from Texas with a tattoo of "La Rassa" on the right side of his chest. Struther later told authorities that one of the other three men stabbed him around his hands and left leg, according to the report. He did not identify the other men.

Struther had gone to East Pasco Medical Center in Zephyrhills after the attack but left before police arrived. He then tried to check in under a fictitious name at Pasco Regional Medical Center in Dade City.

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