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Crime journal

By TIMES STAFF
Published May 9, 2007


ST. PETERSBURG

MAN SOUGHT IN ROBBERIES OF TWO BANKS

Police are searching for a man who robbed two banks in recent weeks. The man robbed a Wachovia Bank at 4401 Fourth St. N on May 4, 2007, police said. On April 20, he robbed a SunTrust Bank at 3601 34th St. N. In both cases, the man implied he had a weapon and left the bank in a tan Ford Taurus, police said. Police say the man is between 30 and 35 years old, 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighs about 160 pounds. He wore a black baseball cap with a red bill, a long-sleeve blue pullover shirt, blue jeans and black sneakers, police said. Anyone with information should call police at (727) 893-4911.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Son is indicted in mother's slaying

Ryan Joseph Young is accused of smothering his multiple sclerosis-stricken mother, Donna Young, to death as she lay in bed April 17. A grand jury indicted Ryan Young, 24, Tuesday morning on a charge of first-degree murder. At first the defendant told the authorities he found his mother unconscious. But in a later statement, authorities say Young admitted he entered his 52-year-old mother's house looking for jewelry to pawn. Surprised to see her there, the son said he held a pillow over her face for a minute, then tried to make it look like someone had broken in. Young, of 7005 Potomac Drive in Port Richey, was arrested April 18. He is being held without bail in the Pasco County jail.

PORT RICHEY

Pasco finds more indoor pot farms

Indoor marijuana labs have replaced methamphetamine labs as the neighborhood drug factories of the moment, Lt. Robert Sullivan of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said at a news conference Tuesday. Deputies raided 10 indoor growing operations in the first quarter this year - more than in all of 2006. In the past, Sullivan said, more marijuana farmers grew their crops outdoors for better yield and higher potency. But after airborne raids crippled many of those farms, a new generation of white-collar growers used technology to move the trade indoors. One of Pasco's latest raids took place May 2 at 18923 Rolling Oaks Drive in Hudson, in the Rolling Oaks Estates subdivision just south of the Hernando County line.

BROOKSVILLE

Woman robbed at knifepoint

Hernando deputies are trying to identify two men wanted in connection with the kidnapping and robbery of a 44-year-old woman on March 30. The woman was standing outside Miss Kitty's Hilltop Lounge on Broad Street about 10 p.m. when she was approached by two men and a woman in an older-model blue four-door vehicle, according to sheriff's deputies. The woman was forced into the car and taken to the Chevron gas station on N Broad Street where she was threatened at knifepoint to withdraw money from an automatic teller machine. She was then left at Spring Hill Cemetery on Fort Dade Avenue, reports state.