Crime journal

By Times Wires
Published February 27, 2007

Bar shooting critically injures one

TAMPA - Authorities say a fight that began over cigarettes ended up with a shooting that left one man critically injured. Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies said the incident happened just after midnight Monday at KD's Lounge, located at Hillsborough Avenue and Race Track Road. Investigators said Scott Bapatisi, 40, and a friend were inside the lounge when they began to argue with 25-year-old Craig Robert Auclair, apparently over cigarettes. The altercation continued into the parking lot, where Auclair got a weapon from his vehicle. Sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said Auclair called 911 from his cell phone and was on the phone with Pinellas County sheriff's deputies when the shooting occurred. Pinellas deputies arrived first on the scene and took Auclair into custody until Hillsborough deputies arrived. Bapatisi was airlifted to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition. Auclair faces a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He was released after posting a $7,500 bond.


Inmate's jail escape was brief

BROOKSVILLE - An inmate who escaped from the Hernando County jail Monday afternoon was caught just after 7 p.m. in a nearby motel, but jail officials were still trying to explain the third escape in a little more than a year. Kenneth Farris, 41, managed to walk out of the jail around 2 p.m. The jail, which is run by Corrections Corporation of America, did not notify the Sheriff's Office of the escape until 5:07 p.m.


Two men grab $5,000 in jewelry

PORT RICHEY - Authorities are looking for two men linked to the Sunday robbery of $5,000 worth of gold necklaces from a Gulf View Square jewelry kiosk. Two unidentified men were shopping at Jewels-N-Time about 4:35 p.m., according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report, when one man grabbed a tray of gold necklaces and fled the mall with the other man. Outside the men jumped into a white Toyota Camry with dark tinted windows and no license plate.


New mother ambushed, deputies say 

BAYONET POINT - Four weeks after giving birth, Misty Chapman, 25, escaped a bizarre and violent attack early Monday that left her bloody and naked on State Road 52, Pasco authorities say. Accused is the father of her infant son, Robert Anthony Roakes. Authorities say he and his new girlfriend, Nadine Scherer, lured Chapman out of the house, then beat and imprisoned her in his van. Chapman's family says he did more than that: They believe he intended to drown his former girlfriend in a Beacon Woods East pond. The family is giving thanks for one particular deputy: Will Ferguson, who happened upon Chapman's escape from Roakes' van. Scherer, 25, was arrested on charges of simple battery and false imprisonment. She is being held in the county jail in lieu of $5,250 bail. Roakes, 26, was arrested on charges of aggravated battery, false imprisonment, battery on a law enforcement officer, threats against a public servant and resisting arrest without violence. He is being held without bail.