NEW PORT RICHEY
woman says 3 men raped, punched her
Police are investigating an allegation of a sexual battery that was reported Monday evening at River Side Inn at 7631 U.S. 19. Police responded to a call about 6 p.m. from a young woman who said she had been punched in the face and raped by three men, according to New Port Richey police officers at the scene. Officers prepared to enter the room where the woman said the incident occurred. A man in one of the beds was slow to lift his hands from under the blanket, leading the four officers to draw their guns as they entered. The room was littered with beer cans and a bottle of rum, and a pair of women's underwear lay on one of the beds, as the victim had described. The man in that room and his uncle in a nearby room were temporarily detained, but no arrests have been made. Physical evidence collected at the scene is being tested.
Cab passenger is arrested
Robert Anthony Hanson called a cab Monday afternoon to take him to his doctor, but when he saw the driver, he had other things in mind. According to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Hanson, 58, asked the female driver to get in the back seat of the cab and spread her legs. She yelled at him to get away and started to drive off, but he jumped into the back seat and continued to say obscene things to her, authorities said. She radioed for help, and Hanson left the car and returned to his house at 11754 Purdue St. The driver's husband picked him up and took him to Moon Lake Drive and State Road 52, where they met a sheriff's deputy. Hanson told the officer he said some dirty things but never touched the cabdriver. "You can't blame me," he said, according to his arrest report. "She's a beautiful woman and I'm a man with needs." Hanson was arrested Monday on a charge of disorderly conduct and was released after three hours in the Land O'Lakes jail.