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Deputies: Wesley Chapel man jumped by transient gang

WESLEY CHAPEL — At 2:15 p.m. Monday, a man who works at Wesley Chapel Toyota walked to a shop to get a burger. On his way back, he was jumped by a gang of transients at a vacant gas station at 28014 State Road 54, said the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

There were three men and a few women. Jimmy Lee Morris, 27, told the victim he was "a troll and this was his bridge so he would have to pay a toll to cross," the sheriff's report states. The victim said he wouldn't give them anything. Morris said he knew the victim "had more than lint in his pockets," so he needed to "hand it over," the report states.

As Dylan Patrick O'Shea, 18, tried to pry a metal bar from the ground to use as a weapon, the victim dropped his burger and ran, the report states. The victim, whose name and age were not released, called the Sheriff's Office.

Morris, O'Shea and Christopher L. Johnson II, 24, were arrested that afternoon. Johnson is accused of threatening the victim. All three are charged with strong arm robbery. Kevin Doll, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office, said the women did not participate in the attack. Johnson was belligerent and kicked the patrol car, so he was pepper sprayed, the report says. The three men are in custody at the Pasco County jail. Morris and O'Shea are being held in lieu of $10,000 bail. Johnson is also charged with obstructing police. His bail is $10,150.

Deputies: Wesley Chapel man jumped by transient gang 02/02/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, February 2, 2010 8:14pm]
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