PORT RICHEY — Authorities are still trying to piece together the events that led to a high-speed chase through two neighborhoods on Thursday afternoon.
By the time the chase was over, four people were in handcuffs. An abandoned handgun and handfuls of prescription drugs had been strewn in the yards of pastel houses. Six miles away, a couple was dealing with their injuries from being pistol-whipped during a robbery.
New Port Richey Police Chief James Steffens said it's unclear whether the suspects knew the victims. He said there did not appear to be any indication that the case was drug-related.
It started at about 4 p.m. at 5851 High St. where Alvin Wright, 24, walked in with a stolen semi-automatic handgun and demanded cash and prescription drugs, according to a New Port Richey Police report. He beat two people with the butt of his gun, police said, then ran out of the house to a waiting Ford pickup truck driven by 23-year-old Lacy Dimick.
Lisamarie Kane, 23, and George Bullock, 40, were also in the truck, a police report states.
Police caught up with the truck at Main Street and Congress Street four minutes later. Officers tried to pull the truck over, the report states, but Dimick kept driving.
Pasco Sheriff's deputies and Port Richey Police came for back up. The chase wound through neighborhood streets. Wright bailed out of the truck near Embassy Boulevard and Hermitage Street, the report states, and ran, clutching the handgun. Authorities followed, shouting for Wright to surrender. He tore through back yards and burst through a wooden fence before throwing the gun down, giving up and being arrested, authorities said. Dimick drove on and let out Kane and Bullock in the next neighborhood over, the report states, and authorities tracked them down and arrested them near San Miguel Drive and Prosperity Lane. Dimick parked the truck at a shopping center at Ridge Road and Congress Street and ran but was shortly caught, too, the report states.
All four were booked into the Land O'Lakes jail. Wright was charged with home invasion robbery with a firearm, being a felon in possession of firearm, aggravated battery with a firearm, armed trafficking of hydromorphone, grand theft of a firearm and resisting arrest without violence. He remained in jail Friday in lieu of $335,150 bail.
Dimick was charged with fleeing to elude, driving without a valid license, resisting without violence and a warrant charge of fraud. She remained in jail on no bail.
Kane was charged with trafficking in hydromorphone and violation of probation on prior burglary charges. She remained in jail without bail.
Bullock was arrested on warrant charges of selling and possession of cocaine. He remained in jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.
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