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Man on lam offers $100 for hiding spot


Man offers resident $100 for hiding spot

A local woman opened her front door Thursday afternoon to find Joshua Christian, 23, on the run and in need of a place to hide, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office reported.

Christian barged into her home at 14101 Turner Loop, told her he'd give her $100 if she lied to authorities and went into a closet, the report said.

She didn't take the offer.

Deputies arrested Christian just before 3 p.m. Thursday. He was wanted for several crimes, including allegedly beating two people with a baseball bat, taking a BlackBerry cell phone from a Spring Hill deli and stealing an all-terrain vehicle from a Shady Hills home, according to sheriff's reports.

Deputies tracked him to his home at 15636 Country Lane using a debit card he left on the ATV, the report said.

When a deputy tried to handcuff him, the report said, Christian hit the deputy and fled toward nearby woods. Authorities followed his footprints to the woman's home on Turner Loop.

Christian faces multiple assault, battery and theft charges. He remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Friday in lieu of $60,250 bail.


Chase ends with crash into house

A 22-year-old man attacked his pregnant girlfriend Thursday night, then led deputies on a chase through his Holiday Lakes neighborhood before crashing into his own house, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office reported.

Alexis Rodriguez, of 1037 Brass Lane in Holiday Lakes, slapped his girlfriend several times, pushed her against a wall and punched her, the report said. Rodriguez then drove away.

As deputies tended to his girlfriend, who is three months pregnant, she saw him drive past the home. Authorities followed Rodriguez, who led them on a high-speed chase through the neighborhood, the report said.

He nearly hit two other deputies who were talking to three neighbors elsewhere in the neighborhood, the report said. The pursuit ended about 8 p.m. when Rodriguez's car crashed into the front of his home.

He was charged with five counts of aggravated assault — for nearly hitting the deputies and neighbors — plus one count of aggravated assault on a pregnant victim and one count of fleeing to elude law enforcement. Rodriguez remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Friday in lieu of $35,750 bail.


Man is charged in assault on friend

Wesley League and a friend couldn't agree Wednesday afternoon how loud to play the radio inside their mobile home at 7110 Stevens Drive. League would turn the volume down, only to watch his friend turn it up.

Finally, Darin Eugene Militello had enough. According to a Pasco sheriff's report, Militello, 40, walked up to League with a baseball bat and beat him on his head and body. League fell, the report says, but Militello kept hitting him.

Militello was later arrested at 3 p.m. near his own home at 14417 U.S. 19, the report says. League is charged with one count of aggravated battery and remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Friday in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Man on lam offers $100 for hiding spot 09/05/08 [Last modified: Monday, September 8, 2008 11:27am]
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