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Zephyrhills man accused of robbing friend at knifepoint

ZEPHYRHILLS

Man turns out to not be a very good friend

A 19-year-old man was charged with robbery with a deadly weapon after, authorities say, he held a knife to a friend's throat and stole $400 from her.

According to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Christopher Alexander went to visit Shauna Hogue on Sunday evening.

Alexander saw the cash sitting on an end table near the couch, the report said, so he put a knife to the left side of Hogue's throat, saying he was taking her money. Alexander told Hogue not to call the police or else he would come back to shoot her and her friends, the report said.

Alexander fled, and deputies found him Thursday at his home at 39601 Kennedy Ave. He was also arrested on other unrelated charges, and was being held in lieu of $50,000 bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Past-due bills lead to fight, spilled beer

A landlord was beaten up Thursday afternoon after asking her tenants for their past-due rent and their share of the electric bill, authorities said.

For the past six months, Elizabeth Bianco, 42, has shared her house at 9135 Mango St. in Griffin Park with Kristopher B. Foley, 21, and Megan M. Lee, 22, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office report said.

About 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Bianco asked Lee about overdue money for the electric bill, and a fight ensued, the report said. Lee, who was outside the house drinking beer, threw a bottle at Bianco and punched her in the chest, the report said. The beer bottle missed, shattering on the sidewalk.

The report said Foley held Bianco's arms so Lee could hit her, but Foley told deputies he was trying to break up the fight. Lee told deputies Bianco started the fight, and said she did not throw a bottle because she "would never waste a beer for that."

Foley and Lee were both arrested on charges of domestic battery. They are being held without bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.

HOLIDAY

Man arrested after boy is beaten for hour

An 8-year-old boy was hit and beaten with a belt all over his body for an hour earlier this week, authorities say. On Thursday the Pasco County Sheriff's Office arrested Christopher Gilbert, 31, on charges of child abuse and tampering with a victim.

A witness told deputies Gilbert lost control of his emotions and began to hit the boy, whose relationship to Gilbert is being withheld because of the nature of the allegations.

After Gilbert was arrested at a home in Holiday, he sat inside a deputy's patrol car and tapped on the window, putting his index finger over his mouth and gesturing to the boy to be quiet, the report said.

Gilbert, of 1421 Brightwell Drive in Holiday, was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Babysitters swiped jewelry, deputies say

Two 20-year-old women are accused of stealing jewelry from a family they babysat for, then pawning the items.

Kassie Lynn Benoit, of 3737 Ford St. in New Port Richey, and Jenna Carlo, of 5734 Greenwood Way in Holiday, took $300 worth of jewelry on Jan. 27 and Feb. 9, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

The women pawned or sold the jewelry to two different pawn shops, including a sapphire and diamond ring, for which they received $25, the report said.

The women were arrested Thursday afternoon at Benoit's home on charges of dealing in stolen property and grand theft. Carlo was being held in lieu of $14,000 at the Land O'Lakes jail, and Benoit was being held in lieu of $9,000 bail.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Report: Man tried to strangle his mom

Authorities say that Robert Ernest Catardi, 51, punched his 74-year-old mother several times in the face and then tried to strangle her with a necklace.

This happened a little after 8 p.m. Thursday at Catardi's home on 4460 Floramar Terrace, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. The mother had multiple bruises to her face and was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg for treatment. Updates on her condition have not been released.

Catardi, who lists himself as a retired truck driver, was arrested on charges of battery on a person age 65 or older and felony battery. He was being held at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $200,000 bail.

Zephyrhills man accused of robbing friend at knifepoint 02/27/09 [Last modified: Friday, February 27, 2009 9:06pm]

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