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Deputies arrest suspects in robbery, shooting of man in ankle

LAND O'LAKES — The Pasco County Sheriff's Office took a 24-year-old Land O'Lakes man into custody Thursday in connection with a robbery and shooting at a Land O'Lakes home.

Deputies said Jonathan Rodriguez was attempting to break into a home at about 1:15 a.m. May 14 along with two other people, 17-year-old Luis Molina and another unnamed person. When the victim — Ryan Stevenson, 18, a former classmate of Molina's, deputies said — confronted them, Molina shot him in the ankle. Molina and Rodriguez then fled the scene in Rodriguez's vehicle, according to Rodriguez's arrest report.

Both Rodriguez and Stevenson told deputies Molina was the shooter. Molina was taken into custody Wednesday.

Stevenson was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital in Tampa for treatment of his gunshot wound. The Sheriff's Office said Friday he was recovering well.

Rodriguez told deputies he knew Molina planned on breaking into Stevenson's home and that he had loaded the gun for Molina. Rodriguez also told deputies all three had fled the scene after the shooting. The Sheriff's Office said it was still trying to locate the third man and would not provide further information.

Deputies said Rodriguez did not attempt to report the incident to law enforcement. He was arrested on charges of aggravated battery with a weapon and attempted robbery with a firearm.

Molina faces identical charges.

Deputies arrest suspects in robbery, shooting of man in ankle 05/26/17 [Last modified: Friday, May 26, 2017 7:38pm]
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