Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Police say man impersonated officer in New Port Richey hotel stickup

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 39-year-old man was arrested Sunday on charges he claimed to be a police officer and robbed another man at gunpoint.

New Port Richey police responded at 3:42 p.m. Sunday to the Ramada Inn Bayside, 5015 U.S. 19, in response to a call about drug use.

A man there told police that Richard Dewitt Miller Jr. pulled a .22-caliber Beretta handgun on him and claimed he was a police officer, according to the New Port Richey police report.

Then Miller took the man's wallet and gold chain, the report said. The man told police Miller tried to pull the trigger, but the gun wouldn't fire. The man pulled the magazine clip from the gun and saw that it wasn't loaded, the report said.

Police then searched the hotel room where Miller was staying and found the gun under carpeting, the report said. Miller refused to give the officers his name or cooperate during the investigation, the report said.

Miller was arrested on charges of obstructing police, falsely impersonating a law enforcement officer and armed robbery, and is being held in lieu of $161,500 bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.

Police say man impersonated officer in New Port Richey hotel stickup 06/08/09 [Last modified: Monday, June 8, 2009 9:05pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. New center opens in Tampa to help those with missing, damaged limbs

    Veterans

    TAMPA — Justin Lansford, his service dog Gabe by his side, smiled broadly Thursday as he imagined the future of a sprawling, resource center for people who need artificial limbs and those interested in helping them.

    Justin Lansford, 27, lost his left leg above the knee in Afghanistan. He was one of dozens of people attending the opening of the Veterans International Institute of Orthotics & Prosthetics in Tampa on Thursday. [HOWARD ALTMAN   |   Staff]
  2. Still worried about family, Tampa Bay Puerto Ricans ramp up relief effort

    Hurricanes

    TAMPA — Brenda Irizarry is worried.

    Brenda Irizarry of Tampa, while agonizing over the status of family in storm-ravaged Puerto Rico, is helping lead an effort to collect and send supplies to the island. [ALESSANDRA DA PRA  |   Times
]
  3. Was it a crime? 10 patients at nursing home died after Irma

    News

    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. (AP) — A 10th elderly patient has died after being kept inside a nursing home that turned into a sweatbox when Hurricane Irma knocked out its air conditioning for three days, even though just across the street was a fully functioning and cooled hospital.

    The Rehabilitation Center of Hollywood Hills, 1200 N. 35th Ave. [EMILHY MICHOT | Miami Herald]
  4. Oh, Florida! Irma's gone, but she left behind plenty of lessons for us

    Columns

    I don't want to make light of the misery and death that Hurricane Irma inflicted on Florida this month. A lot of it was ugly, and some of it was downright criminal. We saw greed and pettiness on display, and it brought illness and death.

    Tampa Bay Times staff writer Craig Pittman.
  5. 'Toxic' times: How repeal of Florida's tax on services reverberates, 30 years later

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Long before Hurricane Irma attacked Florida, the state faced a troubled fiscal future that the storm will only make worse.

    Robertson says the tax debate is now “toxic.”