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New Port Richey police make arrest in rape after DNA test

NEW PORT RICHEY — New Port Richey police got the evidence Monday to arrest a man accused of raping a woman in July.

That evidence: DNA tests linking James Christian Cregger to semen found on the victim, a 36-year-old woman who knew him. The woman reported the attack in July, but without enough evidence at the time, police were only able to hold Cregger, 37, on a probation violation until Aug. 1.

After the DNA results came back, police arrested Cregger on Monday afternoon at a shopping center on U.S. 19 and Green Key Road. He now faces kidnapping and sexual battery charges, and remains in Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $200,000 bail.

"We're just glad we were able to find him as quickly as we did once we got the report identifying him as the donor of the DNA profile," said Lt. Jeff Harrington of New Port Richey police.

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Bystanders chase down robbery suspect

A group of bystanders nabbed a would-be purse-snatcher on Monday afternoon and held her until Pasco sheriff's deputies arrived, the Sheriff's Office reported.

Jaclyn Ebstein, 25, of Oldsmar, tried to snatch the purse from a 58-year-old woman in a Publix parking lot at Mitchell and Seven Springs boulevards, a report said.

Ebstein kept tugging, the report said, but the woman wouldn't part with her purse, so Ebstein took off empty-handed. Other customers in the parking lot chased her and pulled her down near the SunTrust Bank at 1424 Seven Springs Blvd., the report said.

Deputies arrested Ebstein on a charge of robbery by sudden snatching. She was held in the Land O'Lakes Jail on Tuesday in lieu of $3,000 bail.

New Port Richey police make arrest in rape after DNA test 09/09/08 [Last modified: Friday, September 12, 2008 2:32pm]
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