Prisoner accused of another sexual battery
A man already sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison was transferred to the Pasco County jail Thursday to face charges he sexually abused a young girl.
Frank Torres, 53, is accused of molesting the girl in 2005 and 2006, when the child was 8, according to Kevin Doll, spokesman for the Pasco Sheriff's Office. Doll said the abuse happened in Lumberton, which is near Zephyrhills.
Torres was convicted in November of capital sexual battery in Hernando County for molesting a young girl for a period of six years. Last week, Circuit Judge Victor Musleh gave Torres four life sentences and an additional 125 years for other counts.
On Thursday in Pasco County, Torres was charged with capital sexual battery. He is being held in the Pasco County jail.
Man in gas mask tries to rob Circle K store
A 40-year-old man is accused of attempting to rob a Circle K so he could get money to buy "beer, cigarettes, cat food and toilet paper" — everything he can't get with food stamps, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
David L. Thomas of Port Richey wore a gas mask and gloves and had a gun in his pocket when he entered the Circle K at 9827 Little Road about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, a report states. He told the clerks to put money in an empty McDonald's bag he brought with him, authorities said.
The clerks refused — and Thomas fled, the Sheriff's Office said. Thomas did not "brandish or fire" the gun in the store, the report states.
Thomas was arrested early Thursday. He is charged with armed robbery and carrying a concealed firearm. He is being held at the Pasco County jail in lieu of $155,000 bail.