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Man charged in August robbery

Deputies still seek another man in the shooting and robbery at a Citrus Springs home.

By JORGE SANCHEZ, Times Staff Writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 7, 2003


INVERNESS -- A suspect in an August shooting and robbery at a Citrus Springs home turned himself in to authorities Sunday.

Phillip Ernest Woods Jr., 22, of 781 E Hartshorn Lane, Holder, contacted a Citrus County sheriff's deputy Sunday and said he knew there was an outstanding warrant for his arrest. He said he wanted to take care of the problem.

Woods was one of two men whom the Sheriff's Office sought in connection with the Aug. 6 incident, in which a 20-year-old man was shot in the chest and two other men were robbed of $300.

Woods is charged with one count each of attempted murder and robbery. His bail was set at $30,000 and he remained at the Citrus County jail on Monday.

Another man, whom authorities have not publicly identified, remains at large.

The shooting and robbery took place at the home of Frank Silvio, 16, 2511 W Gardenia Drive. His cousin, Jeremy Mason, 20, was shot in the chest but survived.

Silvio and another guest, Gregory Labance, 17, were robbed by Woods and another man, authorities said. Woods did not fire the gun, according to Sheriff's Office reports.

Silvio, a Lecanto High School student, lives at the Gardenia Drive home with his brother, two sisters and his parents, who were at work when the shooting occurred.

On Aug. 6, Labance and Mason were hanging out with Silvio in his bedroom in the garage when Woods and the second man arrived, authorities previously reported.

Silvio was getting ready to plug in his Nintendo 64 so they could play video games when the man who is still at large pulled out a gun and demanded money. Silvio put his hands behind his head as one of the robbers leaned down to pick up his wallet, which contained about $250. Labance was also robbed.

Mason stood up to protest and was shot once in the lower left side of his chest, authorities said at the time. He was flown by helicopter to Tampa General Hospital, where he was released a few days later.

Woods, whose nickname, J, is tattooed on his right shoulder, was arrested in November 2000 on a charge of petty theft, according to Citrus County court records.

Woods pleaded guilty to stealing two bottles of wine from a grocery store and was sentenced to six months' probation, the records showed. He was also arrested in May by Crystal River police on a misdemeanor charge of possession of marijuana.

-- Information from Times files was used in this report.

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