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Inmate charged in bizarre bank robbery stabs another with pencil at Pasco jail, officials say

LAND O'LAKES — Inside the Pasco County jail's Bravo 600 unit Monday afternoon, an inmate lay bleeding on the ground.

"I pulled Waro off Shirley," another inmate told the detention deputies who came running when they heard the commotion, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.

Shirley Eisenhardt, 52, was bleeding from her mouth. Her face and neck bore six puncture wounds.

Authorities say a colored green pencil had been Nancy Waro's weapon of choice.

Waro, who was arrested in late June after being accused of robbing a Bank Atlantic branch in Port Richey and calling 911 to report the bank holdup, had invited Eisenhardt to her cell for cookies, according to the report.

Once Eisenhardt was inside, Waro mumbled "something about sex" and attacked with the pencil, a deputy wrote.

As Eisenhardt received medical treatment for her injuries, a deputy asked Waro why she had stabbed the other woman.

"She tried to touch me sexually," Waro said, according to the report.

Waro, originally charged with robbery, has been charged with aggravated battery.

Eisenhardt pleaded no contest to charges of arson and false imprisonment in 2007 and was put on probation. She is being held at the jail for violation of that probation.

Waro, of 7117 Pinewood Drive in New Port Richey, is being held at the jail in lieu of $60,000 bail.

Vivian Yee can be reached at vyee@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6236.

Inmate charged in bizarre bank robbery stabs another with pencil at Pasco jail, officials say 08/10/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 10, 2010 8:44pm]
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