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By Times staff reports

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 13, 2001


Suspect surrenders cocaine, Ecstasy pills

ZEPHYRHILLS -- A 19-year-old woman was arrested Friday evening after police confiscated almost an ounce of cocaine and three Ecstasy pills from her, said Zephyrhills Police Capt. Richard Scudder.

Iouanna Maria Ziatas of 6246 Silver Oaks Drive fled after police Officer Michael Jones recognized her as having an active warrant for her arrest and tried to stop her.

Police eventually stopped her along 20th Street at Heritage Circle, where an unidentified man jumped from the car and fled the scene.

Ziatas was taken to the police department, where officers asked her whether she had any drugs on her. She reached in the front of her pants and handed over the cocaine and pills, Scudder said.

She was charged with fleeing to elude, driving with a suspended license, failing to pay traffic fines, possession of a harmful chemical substance and possession of cocaine, Scudder said.

Ziatas was taken to Land O'Lakes jail, where she was released after posting $11,500 bail.

She refused to identify the man who fled the scene.

"He's just another fish out there to catch on another day," Scudder said.

Armed robbery, attempted holdup might be linked

Pasco County sheriff's deputies are investigating an armed robbery and an attempted holdup that they think might be connected.

The first happened at the Spirit store at 3514 Grand Blvd. in New Port Richey shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday. Witnesses told deputies that a man pointed a black and silver shotgun at the clerk and said, "This ain't no drill. This is the real thing," and demanded cash.

After the clerk gave him an undisclosed amount of money, the robber -- who was wearing a red, white and blue plaid shirt, dark sunglasses and a blue ball cap -- fled on foot.

The attempted robbery occurred at 1 a.m. Monday at the Dunkin' Donuts at 2014 U.S. 19 in Holiday. A man pointed a silver and black gun at the cashier -- but the cashier fled into the back room. The robber ran out the door.

Witnesses at the doughnut shop said the man was wearing a green, white and blue plaid shirt.

Deputy catches teen in burglary attempt

HUDSON -- A 17-year-old picked the wrong car to burglarize on Sunday night, according to authorities.

At 5 p.m., Pasco County sheriff's Deputy Matt Kadel noticed someone standing near his Jeep Wrangler, which was parked at his apartment complex. The Jeep's canvas back and sides were unzipped, Kadel said.

Kadel asked the teen what he was doing, and the teen responded: "It's my vehicle." Kadel, in turn, told the teen that it was his vehicle and that he was a law enforcement officer.

Kadel grabbed the teen's arm and patted him down in case he had a weapon, a report said.

The teen, later identified as Joseph Nils Lucas of 17913 Alexson St., Spring Hill, tried to punch Kadel. Kadel then found his flashlight and a pair of his sandals in the teen's shorts.

Kadel walked Lucas over to his marked cruiser, which also was parked in the lot. Lucas then punched Kadel and ran away, a report said.

Kadel chased after Lucas, and when he caught up with him, Lucas bit Kadel's left hand.

Lucas also told Kadel that he would pay him $1,000 if he didn't arrest him, Kadel's report said. Lucas also told the deputy that he had been drinking and doing Ecstasy and that "this was all a mistake," the report said.

Lucas was charged with auto burglary, aggravated battery on a law enforcement officer, bribery of a law enforcement officer and two counts of resisting arrest with violence. Lucas also was wanted on an outstanding warrant for burglary-grand theft.

He was booked into the county jail in Land O'Lakes and was being held on $3,000 bail.

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