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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]

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