Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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.

TRINITY

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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Pepin daughters to take on Mount Kilimanjaro

    Human Interest

    About seven years ago, Tom Pepin and his four daughters stood at 12,000 feet, overlooking the Colorado Rockies during an outward bound survival training mission.

    From left, Christina Pepin, Lauren Pepin (Tom’s Wife), Cassie Pepin, Allie Pepin, Bella Pepin and Tom Pepin take a break during an outward bound survival training mission in Colorado.
  2. Music, memories, friendships lend energy to 'Senior Prom'

    Aging

    RIVERVIEW — Mesmerizing music mixed with the mingling of friends to energize and engage a congregation of old souls Thursday (June 22).

    Louise Goff of Brandon does line dances during the annual Senior Prom hosted by Hillsborough County Aging Services at the Regent in Brandon.
  3. Tampa's two 'Olivias' maintain friendship as they vie for Miss Florida

    News

    TAMPA — Olivia Butler, referring to a Biblical passage, assesses her burgeoning friendship with Olivia Fiss as "iron sharpening iron."

    Olivia Butler, left, and Olivia Fiss are two friends who are competing together in the Miss Florida pageant as Miss Tampa and Miss St. Petersburg.
  4. Jones: Bucs need success to get national respect

    Bucs

    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones offers up his Two Cents on the world of sports.

    No respect

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Dirk Koetter walks the field during the second day of mandatory minicamp at One Buccaneer Place in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, June 14, 2017. LOREN ELLIOTT   |   Times