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Pasco deputies: Homeless man tried to assault Ross employee

PORT RICHEY — A 66-year-old man is accused of cornering a Ross employee in the clothing store's restroom, holding up a condom and telling her they were going to use it "whether you like it or not."

Donald Baker had followed the 21-year-old employee around the store about 8 p.m. March 1, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. He made her uncomfortable and she asked him to leave the store at 9576 U.S. 19. She said she was going to clean the restroom and, if he was still there when she returned, "she was going to call someone to escort him out of the store," a report states. Instead, Baker followed her into the bathroom and tried to grab her, but the woman punched him in the face and escaped, the Sheriff's Office says.

The store did not report the incident until the following day, authorities said. Baker, who is homeless, went to the Ross store again on Thursday. Employees who recognized him called the Sheriff's Office and a deputy arrested him.

Baker is charged with false imprisonment and battery. He remained Friday at the Pasco jail in lieu of $50,150 bail.

Pasco deputies: Homeless man tried to assault Ross employee 03/09/12 [Last modified: Friday, March 9, 2012 4:23pm]
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