Sunday, April 22, 2018
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Pasco man involved in attack of pregnant teen faces new charges

LAND O'LAKES

Convicted in beating, man faces new charge

A man previously involved in a plot to attack a friend's pregnant girlfriend has been arrested on new charges.

Marshall Lee Chapman, 20, is accused of stealing a motorcycle in Hillsborough. He was arrested Friday in Land O'Lakes.

In 2009, authorities said Chapman was part of a scheme with two buddies — Andres Marrero and Devin Nickels, both now 20 — to beat Nickels' 17-year-old pregnant girlfriend so she would miscarry. Chapman was accused of driving Marrero to the New Port Richey apartment complex where the beating took place. The girl and her baby survived.

All three friends, who graduated together from Sunlake High School, have been sentenced for battery and other charges related to that crime. Chapman was given pre-trial intervention. Nickels and Marrero were both sentenced to nearly two years in jail followed by five years of probation.

Chapman, of Land O'Lakes, was released Friday from the Pasco jail on $1,500 bail for the charge of grand theft auto.

HOLIDAY

Felon accused of damaging businesses

A 44-year-old felon caused thousands of dollars in damages to a grocery store and restaurant Saturday by throwing "chunks of concrete" through the windows of both businesses, authorities say.

David Gonzalez-Maldonado was arrested shortly after the attacks outside of Americana 50s Diner at 1730 U.S. 19. The restaurant owner estimated $10,000 in damages, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states. Gonzalez-Maldonado is also accused of breaking windows at a Winn-Dixie, at 1640 U.S. 19, with an estimated cost of $1,500.

The suspect "refused to talk about the incident" and would not say what prompted it, the report says.

Gonzalez-Maldonado, of Holiday, is charged with two counts of throwing a deadly missile into a building and criminal mischief. He served two stints in prison, for a total of nearly three years, on similar charges: multiple counts of shooting or throwing a deadly missile into a building or vehicle and aggravated assault, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

He remained Tuesday at the Pasco jail in lieu of $30,000 bail.

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