Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Bill Nelson Video: Talk to this Florida mom before you call Obamacare a failure


    Sen. Bill Nelson spoke on the senate floor about the health care reform debate, sharing the story of a single Florida mother trying to keep alive her daughter, kindergarten teacher Megan Geller, who died at age 28 in 2015 after a two-year battle with leukemia.


  2. Five ideas for party foods to bring to your potluck


    What's in a name? That which we call a casserole by any other name is still, well, a casserole. Generally a go-to for potlucks, casseroles are quick and easy to transfer, and they can feed a lot of people. But take a look at your next potluck table and count how many casseroles there are. You can change the game …

  3. Florida education news: School budgets, hiring freeze, new schools and more


    IN THE BOOKS: Gov. Rick Scott signs a new Florida Education Funding Program and several other education-related bills into Florida law. This year's new education laws …

    Gov. Rick Scott signed HB 7069 earlier in June, and on Monday added seven more education-related bills to Florida law.
  4. Palm Harbor bicyclist dies from injuries sustained in Bayside Bridge crash


    CLEARWATER — A Palm Harbor bicyclist died from injuries sustained last week when he was struck on the Bayside Bridge, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

  5. Kremlin dismisses U.S. warning of chemical attack in Syria (w/video)


    MOSCOW — The Kremlin on Tuesday dismissed the White House's warning that the Syrian government is preparing a new chemical attack and that President Bashar Assad and his military "will pay a heavy price" if it goes ahead.

    In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad, third right, prays on the first day of Eid al-Fitr, that marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, at the Nouri Mosque in Hama, Syria, Sunday, June 25, 2017. [SANA via AP]