HOLIDAY — On Sunday night, in the howling storm, a naked man with a golf club claimed a car as his own. It was a 1999 Pontiac Grand Am and, Pasco deputies say, it had been abandoned earlier that day by a pizza delivery woman after it stalled in rising floodwaters at Jarvis Street and Cape Cod Drive.
Neighbors told deputies they saw Larry Norman Hill, a 57-year-old who lives on Cape Cod Drive, "completely naked" and "smashing the stranded vehicle with a golf club," a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states. The side mirror was knocked off. The headlight ripped out. The roof caved in. The doors were opened, letting floodwater inside.
A neighbor "told him to stop hitting the vehicle and asked him how would he like it if someone did that to his car," the report says. "The defendant told him it was his car now."
The pizza delivery woman went back for her car Monday, saw the damage and called the Sheriff's Office. Neighbors pointed to Hill. When he was found walking on Moog Road, Hill was apparently clothed and "in possession of a putter," the report states, though it was determined the damage was done by a driver.
Hill told a deputy he was on the car's roof because he thought a baby was inside "and wanted to save it," the report states. "I asked him why he opened the doors to the vehicle and he told me he wanted to air it out."
Hill was charged with criminal mischief. He remained Tuesday at the Pasco jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.