DADE CITY — A man arrested Tuesday has been accused of putting a gun to another man's face, stealing his money and then shooting him in the leg.
Witnesses said they saw a woman in a gold-colored car drop off Demetrius Clarence Lott, 23, about 7:40 p.m. Tuesday in front of his house at 15028 Polk Ave., in Tommytown. Lott pulled a 9mm handgun from his waistband, reached into the open door of another car and put the gun to Jose Sanchez's stomach, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report says.
Lott snatched money, less than $1,000, that was sitting in the car's door handle, the report said. He poked Sanchez in the face with the gun, standing just inside the car's open door. Sanchez got out of the car and was poked in the face again, the report said. Lott fired off a round, missing Sanchez's face, authorities said. Sanchez pushed the gun away. Lott fired again, this time hitting Sanchez in the leg, just above the knee, the report says. The bullet exited through his calf.
Sanchez ran. Lott jumped back into the gold car. Neighbors who came running at the sound of gunfire helped bandage Sanchez's wound. They refused to give written statements but described details of the incident to deputies.
One woman said she heard two gunshots as she was getting her hair done inside a nearby building on Polk Avenue. She ran toward the front door and heard a third shot. She said she saw Lott run and get into a gold Chevrolet Malibu parked near Tait Avenue. She described the driver as a "skinny" woman. She ran to Sanchez and didn't see the car take off. She said she used a shirt to bandage Sanchez's leg.
Another woman told deputies she saw a woman drop a man off and stop the car at Tait Avenue. She said the man walked up to Sanchez, and the two began arguing. She said the man pulled out a handgun and shot Sanchez in the leg. The gunman then ran to the car. She said one of Sanchez's friends drove him to a hospital.
The report says Sanchez was taken to Pasco Regional Medical Center. He told deputies he doesn't know why he was shot, the report says.
Deputies found Lott at his house about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. He was jailed on charges of robbery and attempted murder and held Wednesday in lieu of $260,000 bail.
Lott's arrest record dates back to 2007, and includes concealed weapon and drug possession charges.