Crime Journal

By Times Staff Writer
Published February 15, 2008


Father accused of killing son, 22 months 

Police have arrested the father of a 22-month-old boy on first-degree murder and aggravated child abuse charges in connection with the death of his son. Tampa police spokeswoman Andrea Davis said Chauncey Robinson, 26, of 5718 N Lincoln Ave. was arrested in connection with the death of his son, Chavon Robinson. Based on autopsy results, the medical examiner concluded that Chavon Robinson died from an injury to the brain. Late Wednesday night, police were called to the suspect's home because the baby wasn't breathing, Davis said in a news release. The child was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Chauncey Robinson has an arrest record dating back to 1999 with a charge of aggravated battery on a police officer, according to records with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Since then, he has been arrested repeatedly on drug charges, along with arrests for aggravated stalking, domestic violence, dealing in stolen property and grand theft.

Homeless, slain man is identified

Tampa police identified the man they found bleeding in a storefront Monday night as Donald Ronald Kay, 44. Police patrolling the area around 11:30 p.m. found Kay lying near a Columbus Plaza storefront at 5016 E 10th Ave. with blood coming from his mouth. Emergency officials said they tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate the man. Police described Kay as homeless, and said they are investigating his death as a homicide. They offered no further details Thursday.


Man, 69, found dead in apartment

Police are investigating the death of a man in a Brooksville apartment as an apparent homicide. Police responding to an anonymous call at 12:15 a.m. Thursday about an injured person in the Julian Apartments at 770 S Main St. discovered the body of 69-year-old Robert Rutherford. Police have not released any details about the cause of death, but said they are interviewing "a person of interest." Neighbors said the man lived alone but was friendly and had frequent guests. They said he was disabled and reports show that he worked in Citrus County for a cable installation company.