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Lutz man arrested after scuffle with deputies
WESLEY CHAPEL -- A 24-year-old Lutz man was arrested Tuesday after he fought sheriff's deputies who tried to arrest him on a probation violation.
John Steven Arnold, of 25740 Magnolia Blvd., was at a Sonny's Real Pit Bar-B-Q on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard.
Deputies got word he was there and showed up to arrest him on a probation violation in connection with charges of grand theft and armed robbery in Pinellas County.
Arnold broke free and ran from deputies until they tackled him. He then began to wrestle and kick them, a sheriff's report said.
Deputies eventually used pepper spray on Arnold, handcuffed him and took him to the Land O'Lakes jail.
In addition to the outstanding warrants, Arnold faces charges of resisting arrest with violence.
He remained in jail Wednesday without bond.
Wesley Chapel man accused of beating fiancee
WESLEY CHAPEL -- Pasco County sheriff's deputies arrested a 41-year-old man Tuesday who they say was beating his fiancee.
Kevin Michael Louis, of 29819 Morwen Place, hit his fiancee, Marilyn Anne Collinsworth, 38, in the face with a pillow during an argument in their bedroom, a sheriff's report said.
Collinsworth told deputies she tried to call 911 four times, but each time Louis grabbed the phone and slammed it on the floor.
She also said he pushed her and slammed her onto a tile floor before grabbing her from behind by the neck and starting to choke her.
Collinsworth finally was able to get away and run to a neighbor's house, where she called 911, the report stated. She suffered a 6-inch cut on her forehead and two cuts on her leg, deputies said. Collinsworth declined offers to call an ambulance but said she would drive to East Pasco Medical Center for stitches, the report said.
Louis was taken to Land O'Lakes jail and faces charges of aggravated battery and tampering with a witness.
He was released Wednesday after posting $6,400 bail.
Sheriff searching for two men after car robbery
DADE CITY -- Pasco County sheriff's deputies were searching for two robbers who held up a 29-year-old man at gunpoint Tuesday.
Gilberto Esquivel Saucedo of Dade City told deputies he was at the Dade Oaks housing complex on Acorn Loop when the two men approached him and said they were interested in buying his 1987 gray Chevrolet Caprice.
Saucedo said he showed them the car because he was trying to sell it. But he said one of the men pulled a semiautomatic handgun and demanded money. The man then took Saucedo's wallet, a report said.
Saucedo said he tried to run, but the other robber hit him over the head with a glass bottle. The two men then jumped in Saucedo's running car and fled.
The robbers are described as about 25 and 30 years old. One was about 5 feet 9 inches tall, black, about 155 pounds and wore his hair in dreadlocks. He wore a gray shirt and black jean shorts.
The other robber also was about 5 feet 9 inches tall, and black. He weight 140 pounds and had braided hair. He wore a white tank top and black jean shorts, the report said.
Man, 75, charged in DUI death of his passenger
PORT RICHEY -- A 75-year-old man was arrested Tuesday on charges of driving under the influence, manslaughter, for a January car crash that killed an 82-year-old woman who was a passenger in his vehicle.
Robert P. Moore, 75, of 6735 Hammock Road, lot 90, in Port Richey is being charged for a crash that occurred at State Road 52 and La Madera Drive on Jan. 17. As Moore tried to turn left onto La Madera, he drove the Cadillac into the path of a Ford truck that was traveling through a green light. The passenger in his car, Amalia Marshall, with the same address as he, died at the scene. Moore's relationship to the woman was unclear from reports. Moore's arrest warrant records indicate that he admitted drinking three martinis while eating at a restaurant before the accident. His blood-alcohol content was 0.146 percent.
Moore was released Tuesday evening from the county jail in Land O'Lakes after posting $2,500 bail. He declined to comment Wednesday afternoon about the incident.
Videotaped evidence leads to fondling charge
HOLIDAY -- A mother's planted video camera nabbed the man accused of fondling her young daughter, according to Pasco sheriff's reports.
Scott Edward Martin, 33, of 3139 Cable Drive, Holiday, was arrested Tuesday afternoon for touching the breasts of a 13-year-old girl while she was asleep in her bedroom. The girl's mother stated that she set up a video camera in her daughter's bedroom after her daughter told her what Martin was doing. The address where the offenses occurred was unspecified in reports, but they occurred sometime during May.
Reports state that the videotapes showed Martin coming into the girl's bedroom and masturbating as he watched her sleep on several occasions during the two weeks prior to the last incident. At that time, he was caught fondling the victim's breasts over her clothes as she slept, which caused her to awaken.
Deputies arrested Martin and charged him with lewd and lascivious acts on a child under age 16. He was released from the county jail Tuesday at 7 p.m. on a $10,000 bond.
Man treated for rabies after raccoon attack
HUDSON -- A Hudson man said he was bitten several times Tuesday night by what he believed to be a rabid raccoon.
"He was foaming at the mouth," said Terry Wilson of 16237 Sea Pines Drive. "The thing jumped right at my face."
Wilson said there have been many raccoons in his area, some even eating cat food from homes. On Tuesday, he was taking out his trash when the animal sprang from the top of the cage enclosing the garbage cans. Wilson went to the hospital and then received shots Wednesday afternoon to protect himself from infection.
He did the right thing by going to the hospital, said Tim Gray, field supervisor for Pasco County Animal Control. But there is no way to determine that the raccoon has rabies without killing it and testing its brain stem for the disease, he said. The foaming at the mouth could have many causes, such as a reaction to insecticides or a variety of viruses.
Gray advised residents to stay away from wild animals.
"The best thing to do, if you don't know the animal, is to leave it alone," he said Wednesday. "Raccoons are cute and funny, but they can be deadly."
There is no rabies alert in Pasco County at this time. Four positive cases of rabies have been recorded in the county this year, three in Hudson and one in Zephyrhills.
New Port Richey man charged in beating
NEW PORT RICHEY -- A Pasco sheriff's detective arrested a 30-year-old man Tuesday evening on charges of burglary and battery stemming from an incident last month.
A 34-year-old man told deputies that two males kicked open the front door of his New Port Richey home and attacked him on May 27 at 11 p.m. The victim said that his injuries from the attack included a fracture and 18 stitches under his right eye and four knocked out teeth, reports stated. On June 1, the victim identified one of his attackers for deputies from a group of photographs, reports stated.
On Tuesday at 6 p.m., the detective arrested Robby John Vaughn of 4237 Mobile Drive, New Port Richey. According to reports, Vaughn said he was not involved in the incident. He was being held Wednesday night on $7,500 bail at the county jail.
Teen charged with hitting another with baseball bat
PORT RICHEY -- An 18-year-old Port Richey man faces an aggravated battery charge after hitting a 17-year-old boy in the head with a baseball bat on June 14, according to a sheriff's report.
Joey G. Reverdes, 18, of 7641 Fox Hollow Drive, struck a boy multiple times in the back of the head with the baseball bat, Pasco sheriff's reports stated. A witness observed Reverdes chasing the boy from the Fox Hollow Drive address and yelling, "Get out of here punk," according to reports. The 17-year-old had to get stitches at Helen Ellis Memorial Hospital.
Reverdes is being charged with aggravated battery and was being held in the county jail Wednesday evening in lieu of $20,000 bail on that charge. Also, deputies found that Reverdes had two outstanding warrants, one for driving with a suspended license and a felony warrant for discharging a firearm. His bail is $12,000 for those charges.
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