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The suspect is 7 feet tall, has long white fur

A woman knocks on a random door to report fighting with a yeti.

By GREG HAMILTON, Times Staff Writer
Published December 27, 2007


SPRING HILL - Two Lema Drive residents were startled Sunday morning when a woman knocked on their door and asked for a ride home because the abominable snowman was chasing her.

Sally Meurant and Carmen Fraccica called police after the woman, whom they had never seen before and who later was identified as Toni Zillifro, came to their home at 7:17 a.m.

Zillifro, who smelled strongly of alcohol according to a police report, told a sheriff's deputy that she had gotten drunk at a local bar the previous night and that the snowman, which she described as 7-feet tall, had chased her. She said she fought the snowman, even getting in a kick.

Zillifro, 36, was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of disturbing the peace.

In other police news from the holiday weekend:

- David Rudolph, 25, called the sheriff's office Sunday night to report that someone had broken into his home and stolen a safe containing prescription drugs and money. After interviewing Rudolph, his girlfriend and neighbors, deputies had a suspect: David Rudolph.

Neighbors told deputies that they had seen Rudolph smash the window of his home with a rock and then throw the broken pieces of glass, and the rock, into nearby woods. When confronted by this report, Rudolph admitted to staging the burglary. His girlfriend, Amy Waun, led deputies to the safe, which was still inside the house at 2011 Greenview Ave., Spring Hill.

Rudolph was arrested on a misdemeanor charge of filing a false police report.

- An altercation at a drive-through line at a Burger King on Mariner Boulevard on Saturday led to the arrest of a Spring Hill man.

Deputies report that James Klimowicz, 57, was in a van in line at the restaurant when Teresa Campbell pulled her 2002 Jeep in front of him. Campbell told police the thought the van had stopped to let people out.

Klimowicz got out of his 2006 Kia, walked to Campbell's vehicle and told her she had cut him off. Campbell told deputies she was too stunned to move, so Klimowicz reached into her car, grabbed the steering wheel and turned it to the right, saying, "There. Now go back to your place in line."

Campbell said Klimowicz grabbed her arm and tried to open the door, which Klimowicz later denied. A witness told deputies she saw Klimowicz grab Campbell's arm and try to pull her from the car.

Klimowicz was arrested on a felony charge of burglary of an occupied conveyance with battery but because of his "extremely cooperative nature," his bond was reduced to $5,000.