NEW PORT RICHEY
Driver accused in run-in is arrested
It wasn't so much road rage as it was parking lot rage during an altercation outside of an Amscot branch on July 9 in New Port Richey, according to an arrest report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
Edmund M. Carnes Jr., 51, of Port Richey, was arrested Friday on two charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was released that same day on $10,000 bail.
Here's what deputies say happened: A man and his girlfriend were in a truck with a bunch of friends riding in the back. They stopped to let these friends out and a car, driven by Carnes behind them, began honking.
Carnes and the other driver drove off, with Carnes allegedly tailing the other driver's truck so closely that the other driver "break checked" Carnes; meaning he stomped on his brakes.
Then, according to the report, Carnes and the other driver stopped their vehicles and began arguing. The man and his girlfriend told officers that Carnes brandished a gun and pointed it at them. Witnesses told investigators the same story.
Couch doesn't keep deputies at bay
When deputies arrived at a house to answer a call, they found the front door barricaded by a couch and heard a woman screaming inside.
According to an arrest report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Cecil T. Wright, 26, of Dade City, severely beat a woman Friday.
They said Wright broke down the victim's front door. She escaped out a side door, but Wright caught her, beat her and dragged her back inside — which is when he barricaded her inside and continued to punch and kick her.
The victim's injuries are not known at this time. Wright was arrested and charged with felony kidnapping and domestic battery. He is being held at the Land O'Lakes jail without bond.