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Man robs girlfriend, another man, police say

By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times, published January 11, 2001


ZEPHYRHILLS -- James Clifford Wilson turned out to be a robber in boyfriend's clothing, Zephyrhills police officers say.

The 30-year-old Zephyrhills man was arrested Tuesday. Wilson is accused of putting on a mask and robbing his girlfriend and another man at knifepoint.

How was he caught?

Victim Jamie Lane, who said she had dated Wilson for six months, had seen him only 15 minutes earlier.

When she and Daniel Brown were robbed, she noticed that the suspect had on the same clothes her boyfriend was wearing only minutes earlier.

Also, she told deputies that she recognized Wilson's voice when he told them to "get down or I will cut you," a report stated.

Wilson also assaulted Brown and punched Lane on the right side of her face with his left fist, the report states. She later was treated at East Pasco Medical Center.

"I'm still scared and I'm very nervous," Lane said Wednesday. "I don't really want to talk about it right now. I've never been through anything like this."

The incident happened at 36919 Meadowood Loop in Zephyrhills.

Wilson was charged with robbery/home invasion and aggravated battery.

He was taken to Land O'Lakes jail, where he remained Wednesday in lieu of $120,000 bail.

Child care worker arrested on gun charges

LAND O'LAKES -- A child care worker for the Pasco County School Board was arrested Tuesday on charges of having a firearm on school property.

Maureen Elaine Lopes, 67, of 23116 Dover Dr., went to the campus of Lake Myrtle Elementary School Tuesday afternoon with a handgun in her car, deputies said.

She took the gun out of her car and showed it to two fellow employees, a report stated.

Deputies arrested her and she admitted having the gun on school grounds, the report stated.

Lopes was taken to Land O'Lakes jail, where she was released Tuesday on $5,000 bail.

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