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Woman robbed, punched after cashing tax refund

By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times, published February 16, 2001

HOLIDAY -- A 37-year-old woman was robbed of her income tax return money then punched in the face on Wednesday, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

The woman, who lives in Holiday, cashed her IRS refund at the Amscot check cashing business at 3416 U.S. 19 in Holiday at 10 p.m. While inside the business, she noticed a truck driving around the parking lot. When the woman left the parking lot and drove to a friend's house, she noticed that the truck followed her, a deputy's report said.

The woman parked in the driveway of her friend's Palafox Drive home, and the truck stopped in front of the house. The driver honked the horn, and the woman walked toward the driver's side of the truck.

The driver opened the car door, grabbed the woman's purse and punched her in the nose, the report said. The truck drove away. The woman refused medical attention.

The case was referred to the crimes against persons unit.

Tampa man arrested after 100-mph car chase

NEW PORT RICHEY -- A 19-year-old man led Pasco County sheriff's deputies on a car chase shortly after 3 p.m. Wednesday, reaching speeds of about 100 mph.

When deputies apprehended John Roland Goedtke, he told them that he fled because he "had trouble with the cops before and did not want to stop," according to a report.

Goedtke, of 2900 University Square Drive of Tampa, was charged with fleeing to elude. He is being held at the county jail on $22,000 bail.

Deputy April Huess was on traffic patrol when she clocked Goedtke driving 74 mph in a 40 mph zone on State Road 54. When Huess tried to stop Goedtke, he ran a red light, drove onto the wrong side of the divided highway then jumped the median, Huess' report said.

Goedtke was driving a 1977 Chevy Nova and had a passenger, the report said. He nearly caused a traffic crash, then blew a tire as he continued to drive on SR 54.

Huess pursued the car, as other deputies stopped traffic.

Goedtke turned into the Trinity subdivision to change his tire, and a citizen spotted him and called authorities. Huess arrested him on Venturi Drive, a report said.

This is not the first time Goedtke has fled from Pasco deputies. On Feb. 8, deputy Ben Barrington clocked him going 82 mph in a 55 mph zone on SR 54.

During that chase, Goedtke sideswiped two vehicles, according to a report. A passenger in one of the vehicles suffered back injuries in the crash, which is under investigation by the Florida Highway Patrol.

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