Suspect charged with attempted murder
Detectives arrested an 18-year-old man Thursday on an attempted murder charge stemming from a botched robbery in August.
Javorious Jarodrick Davis, of St. Petersburg, is accused of being one of three or four masked robbers who attacked a man as he sat in a car the morning of Aug. 15 at 3233 33rd Ave. N.
The man told police that one of the robbers shouted "give it up" as they approached, according to an arrest report. One of the robbers brandished a .45 caliber handgun.
The man in the car struggled with the gunman, exposing the robber's face in the process, police said. The robber then shot the man twice in the upper torso before the group fled.
The victim later identified Davis in a photo line-up, police said. Davis faces charges of attempted felony murder and attempted robbery with a firearm. He was held in the Pinellas County Jail Friday evening in lieu of $170,000 bail.
Search for monkey in woods futile
A man flagged down a Pasco County deputy early Thursday and told him he just lost his pet monkey in the woods. The Sheriff's Office said the man, who was not identified, stopped the deputy about 4 a.m. near State Road 52 and U.S. 41 and said the monkey jumped out of his car at a Hess gas station. Deputies searched for more than four hours before calling it quits, said Sheriff's Office spokesman Kevin Doll.
Collision with truck kills driver of SUV
A Dade City man was killed early Thursday after his sport utility vehicle collided with a dump truck and caught on fire, the Florida Highway Patrol said. The crash happened about 6:30 a.m. on U.S. 301 just south of Franklin Road. Joshua Dean Gibson, 20, was driving south in a Ford Expedition on U.S. 301 while a dump truck driven by Orlando Marquez, 58, of Tampa was headed north, the FHP said. Gibson veered left into the path of the dump truck for an unknown reason, troopers said.