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Port Richey man arrested on attempted murder charge


Attempted murder suspect captured

A 33-year-old man wanted on charges of attempted murder and arson was picked up last week in a traffic stop.

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper pulled over Gary Alfred Coad II, of 6604 Margaret Drive in Port Richey, on May 27 in Pinellas County for driving with an expired tag, said Sgt. Larry Kraus of the FHP.

The trooper discovered a warrant for Coad's arrest on charges of attempted murder and arson in Pasco County, and took Coad to the Pinellas County jail. The details of those charges were not available Friday.

He was transferred to the Land O'Lakes jail on Thursday. Coad was also charged with failure to appear on a domestic battery charge. He is being held in lieu of $76,103 bail.


Jewelry seller turns out to be violent thief

A 78-year-old man thought he was going to buy some jewelry Thursday night. He met the seller at the parking lot of Denny's at U.S. 19 and State Road 52.

But when he flashed the $2,500 he brought with him to buy the merchandise, the seller punched him in the head and stole the money.

The elderly man chased the robber in his car but when the robber stumbled and fell, the man swerved to not hit him and ended up crashing into a telephone pole, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Two passers-by who saw all of this stopped the robber and held him until authorities arrived.

The person arrested is Michael A. Desapio, 17, of 14312 Teasdale Ave., Hudson. He is charged with strong-arm robbery on a person over 65 and battery on a person over 65.

Desapio's first arrest was at 13 on charges of larceny, burglary and possession of a weapon. Thursday's encounter was the teenager's seventh arrest.

The elderly man's condition — from the punch and the car crash — is not known.


Boat theft suspects face more charges

Two men arrested last week on charges they took part in a boat theft ring had more charges added Thursday.

Jonathon Stone, 22, of 3043 49th St. S in Gulfport, and Kevin Roach, 20, of 4935 Largo Terrace in New Port Richey, are accused of stealing boats, stripping them and sinking them.

Kevin Doll, spokesman for the Pasco Sheriff's Office, said there have been more than 60 thefts this year, many from the Gulf Harbors and Green Key areas.

Authorities added four more charges against Roach, who is accused of stealing three boats and one boat motor. Three more charges were added against Stone, who is accused of stealing two boats and one boat motor.

Both men are being held without bail and face several charges of violating probation, criminal mischief, burglary and grand theft.


Armed robber sought in liquor store holdup

A man with a shotgun robbed a liquor store a little after 10 a.m. Friday.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, no one was injured at the All American Discount Liquor store, 10028 Moon Lake Road, and the man ran from the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash.

He is described as white, 30 to 35 years old, and 5 foot 6 inches to 5 foot 8 inches tall with a medium build. He wore a light-colored shirt and a dark baseball cap.

Anyone with information about the crime or the robber's location is asked to call the Pasco sheriff's dispatch line at (727) 844-7711.

Port Richey man arrested on attempted murder charge 06/05/09 [Last modified: Friday, June 5, 2009 8:45pm]
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