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Brooksville woman attacked boyfriend, endangered child, police say


Woman accused of assault, child neglect

A 21-year-old woman was arrested Tuesday evening on charges she beat up her boyfriend — punching, scratching and biting him — all while she was holding a 3-year-old child, whom she dropped on the head during the altercation, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

A neighbor walking a dog called deputies after seeing Vanessa Chantal Billingsly — who is 5 feet 3 and 100 pounds — attack her boyfriend on the porch of a Lutz home, with no regard to the child she was holding, according to the sheriff's report. The report says the child jerked wildly in Billingsly's arms as she threw punches at her boyfriend, and at one point the child fell out of her arms.

The boyfriend told deputies that Billingsly was intoxicated and that he feared for the child's life. Deputies withheld the child's name and relationship to Billingsly.

Billingsly, who is from Brooksville and listed as unemployed, is being held without bail at the Land O'Lakes jail on charges of child neglect and domestic battery.


Man held in assault on teen tied to drugs

A teenager, limping and crying, ran out of a vacant house on New Year's Day and told neighbors a frightening tale: She had crossed a drug dealer and gang member and he took her to the empty house, beat her with a gun and threatened to kill her.

The man she accused — Keith R. Stokes, a 45-year-old certified nursing assistant who lives in New Port Richey — was arrested Tuesday on charges of kidnapping with a firearm and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Mary Taylor, 19, told deputies she had been living with Stokes and his wife and three children. She told authorities that Stokes is a member of the Insane Gangster Disciples and a drug dealer, and that she took drug orders and made deliveries and payments for him, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.

Taylor said Stokes gave her $350 for a dealer who was supposed to drop off 3.5 grams of crack cocaine. Instead, Taylor spent some of the money. An angry Stokes drove her to a house on Jasmine Boulevard that had recently been vacated by his cousin, the report said, and he threatened to shoot her.

She said Stokes hit her several times with a small pistol, and eventually she pretended she had passed out. As soon as Stokes left, Taylor ran out of the house. A neighbor saw her and called police.

Stokes, who was arrested Tuesday, is being held without bail at the Land O'Lakes jail. According to his arrest report, he "admitted his involvement in this incident."


Boyfriend held in gas can attack on woman

When her boyfriend came toward her with a gas can and a lighter, authorities said, Kimberly Bartolotti sprinted for her front door.

It was nearly 11:30 p.m. Tuesday night and Bartolotti, 26, made it inside her home on Martha Lane. But Douglas Pattison, 29, pounded on the door, cutting his hand and splintering the wood frame, and forced it open, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report said.

He chased Bartolotti, caught her and beat her, then poured gasoline on her body, the report said. He pulled out a green lighter, but was tackled by Bartolotti's two brothers, who held Pattison on the ground until authorities arrived.

Pattison told deputies that Bartolotti invited him over to return a gas can and then was attacked by her brothers. Pattison's face was swollen and bleeding, the report said. He was treated at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills before being taken to the Land O'Lakes jail.

Pattison, who is from Port Richey and listed as unemployed, was charged with attempted homicide and is being held without bail.


Son, 19, accused in attack on his mother

It all started about 7 p.m. Tuesday, authorities said, when a mother looked outside and saw her 19-year-old son masturbating in the back yard.

The mother yelled. The son, Antwan L. Grandberry, 19, walked around to the front of the house on 13th Street in Dade City and rang the doorbell, according to a Dade City Police report. The mother answered and began cursing and yelling at Grandberry, who then punched his mother in the face, the report said.

Grandberry, who is listed as unemployed, was arrested on a domestic battery charge and is being held in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $500 bail.

Brooksville woman attacked boyfriend, endangered child, police say 03/11/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, March 11, 2009 9:12pm]
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