Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

3 arrested in Largo Mall drug deal involving a child

LARGO — A woman who brought a child to a drug deal and two others who claimed they had been robbed during the transaction were arrested this week, authorities said.

Jessica B. Krzyzak, 22, of 8603 118th St. N in Seminole, was arrested Monday and charged with child abuse and violation of probation on charges of grand theft and possession of a controlled substance.

Rita D. Farrell, 47, and David D. Hohmann, 45, both of 10720 54th Ave. N in St. Petersburg, were each charged Tuesday with filing a false police report.

Largo police said Krzyzak — along with her boyfriend and another person, who were not identified by name — went to Largo Mall on Jan. 20 to buy oxycodone from a man and woman from St. Petersburg. Krzyzak also had the child with her, reports show. Police did not disclose if the child was related to Krzyzak.

According to the reports, Krzyzak's boyfriend took 190 pills from Farrell and Hohmann, but did not pay for them.

Farrell, who also goes by the last name Cameron, and Hohmann hatched a plan to report they had been robbed, Largo police said. The two conspired at a friend's house for about an hour and a half after the incident to determine how to falsify a police report to obtain and replace their prescription pills, the reports state. Largo detectives became suspicious when they learned the two had waited to report the robbery. "When they went back and interviewed the two victims, their stories had changed slightly," said Largo police spokesman Lt. Edward Sohoski.

When detectives interviewed Krzyzak, she "partially admitted to what happened," Sohoski said. "During that whole followup, the detectives found out that no robbery occurred." Krzyzak was being held without bail in the Pinellas County jail on the probation violation charges.

3 arrested in Largo Mall drug deal involving a child 02/09/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 10:26pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. State Attorney announces expansion of Hillsborough juvenile civil citation program


    TAMPA — Kids who, for the first time, commit certain minor crimes in Hillsborough County may now avoid a criminal conviction by completing a civil citation program.

    Thursday's announcement of civil citations for first-time juvenile offenders in Hillsborough County marked the fulfillment of a campaign promise by State Attorney Andrew Warren.
  2. Pinellas County approves settlement with Suncoast fire district

    Public Safety

    SEMINOLE — County commissioners on Tuesday approved a settlement with the Pinellas Suncoast Fire and Rescue District, closing out a lawsuit filed last year by the district over millions of dollars of emergency medical services funding.

  3. Attorney general has no plans to resign despite Trump rebuke


    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he has no immediate plans to resign a day after President Donald Trump excoriated the nation's top prosecutor for recusing himself from the probe of suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign.

    In this July 12 file photo, Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks in Las Vegas. President Donald Trump says he never would have appointed Sessions as attorney general had he known Sessions would recuse himself from overseeing the Russia investigation. Trump makes the extraordinary statement about Sessions in an interview with the New York Times Wednesday. [AP Photo/John Locher, File]
  4. HomeTeam 100: Players 61-70


    Jefferson wide receiver Dontavius Smith during the game between Jefferson High School and Jesuit High School at Jesuit on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, in Tampa, Fla.
  5. Artist exchange creates Tampa-Havana friendships

    Visual Arts

    SEMINOLE HEIGHTS — Bad weather rocked the Southwest Airlines flight from Havana to Tampa.

    Marian Valdes of Havana, Cuba, who is a resident artist through the Tempus Projects artist exchange program, stands for a portrait at the non-profit art space in Tampa, Fla., on Monday, July 17, 2017. Valdes has an upcoming exhibit titled “Addicted Involution.”