NEW PORT RICHEY — The sun had set enough to glare through the windows of Venom Choppers Bar and Grill, and the curtains facing U.S. 19 were closed when the violence started outside. A red Chevy HHR charged through the parking lot, threatening to topple a line of motorcycles. The man in the driver's seat had a gun, police reports say, and he was going after two 20-something women.
Two days earlier, a New Port Richey Police report states, Raymond Floyd Wagner offered Rachel Marie Waters $60 for sex. She took the cash without providing what the 50-year-old Wagner assumed she would. He found Waters, 24, on the side of U.S. 19 with her domestic partner, Elaina Maria Hadjiyerou, 22.
They argued with Wagner. He chased them, threatening to kill them, police say. Eventually, Hadjiyerou squared off with Wagner on the shoulder of the highway, near Trouble Creek Road, between road barricades, pawn shops and tattoo parlors, her partner standing close behind.
From the car's window, the report states, Wagner leveled a handgun at Hadjiyerou and fired one shot through her left chest and drove away.
Waters remembered the tag number and called 911. Police tracked Wagner to his home at 5725 Mitchell Court, where they found him switching out license plates on the car, a loaded 9mm Hi-Point semiautomatic handgun holstered at his waist.
Police arrested Wagner on charges of aggravated assault and attempted murder. Records show this is his first arrest in Pasco County. He was being held at the Land O'Lakes jail Tuesday without bail.
Hadjiyerou was hospitalized in critical condition.
Waters declined to speak with a Tampa Bay Times reporter who called her home.
The two women each have four arrests recorded. Waters was found guilty on one charge of credit card fraud. Hadjiyerou is listed guilty of one count of possession of paraphernalia.
Times researcher Carolyn Edds contributed to this report. Contact Alex Orlando at firstname.lastname@example.org or (727) 869-6247.