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In Spring Hill, impatient ATM user is charged after confrontation

SPRING HILL — Louis Giacobbi was already frustrated by how long the woman was taking to use the drive-through ATM. When she answered his howls of protest with some of her own, Hernando County deputies said, Giacobbi reacted with more than words.

Giacobbi kicked the woman's car and pounded on her closed window, scaring her and her child, a Sheriff's Office arrest report said.

The 42-year-old Spring Hill man faces charges of criminal mischief and disorderly conduct following the incident Tuesday at Suncoast Schools Federal Credit Union, 4176 Mariner Blvd.

Giacobbi was arrested Tuesday and taken to the Hernando County jail. He was released later in the day after posting a bond of $1,000.

The Sheriff's Office report said Giacobbi was waiting behind Dawn Forbes to use the ATM at about 7:40 a.m. Forbes said Giacobbi began beeping his car horn and yelling at her. She yelled to him that the machine wasn't working.

Giacobbi is accused of getting out of his car, kicking the rear bumper of Forbes' car and banging on her driver's side window. Forbes said Giacobbi also used profanities and threatened to run her over.

Forbes said she feared for her safety and for the safety of her 2-year-old daughter who was in the car with her. She called the Sheriff's Office for help.

A witness in line behind Giacobbi's vehicle told deputies that she saw him honk his horn and yell at Forbes. But the witness said she left the line, drove to a nearby McDonald's and didn't see him get out of the car.

Giacobbi told deputies he became upset because Forbes yelled at him and called him a name.

The rear bumper of Forbes' 1997 Honda Civic had minor scratches and was partly bent down from the frame, the report said. The damage was estimated to be about $250.

Deputies planned to ask the bank to provide surveillance video.

Joel Anderson can be reached at joelanderson@sptimes.com or (352) 754-6120.

In Spring Hill, impatient ATM user is charged after confrontation 05/06/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 6, 2009 7:44pm]
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