Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Public safety

Holiday man accused of abandoning disabled stepson

NEW PORT RICHEY — Police found the man with a mental disability alone at a Publix, clutching what little he had and begging help. He carried no money or ID, just 31 cents on an EBT card. He said he'd been abandoned by the man who looked after him since he was a boy.

The disabled man had been staying with his stepfather, Phillip Russell Johnson, 72, for the previous eight days at a Ramada Inn on U.S. 19, according to a New Port Richey Police report. At some point, the report states, Johnson told his stepson he no longer had room for him and left.

Officers tracked Johnson to his home at 4808 Bonton Drive in Holiday and arrested him on a charge of neglect of a disabled adult. Johnson remained in the Land O'Lakes jail Friday afternoon in lieu of $5,000 bail.

His stepson, who is 33 and has schizophrenia and the mental capacity of a 10-year-old, was taken in by child protective investigators.

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