Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Public safety

Port Richey man charged in fight with girlfriend

PORT RICHEY — Jeffrey Crouch, a man best known for his connection to two unsolved murders, was arrested this week after a fight with his girlfriend.

Crouch, 56, was arguing Monday evening with his girlfriend of six months, Jeannine Johnson, when Port Richey police say he grabbed her by the shirt, slapped her in the face several times and shoved her off his dock into the Cotee River.

Another man, Ray Clancy, tried to intervene and was pushed to the ground, according to a police report.

Crouch, of 5414 Baylea Ave., was arrested on charges of felony domestic battery and simple domestic battery. He was still being held Tuesday afternoon at Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $8,000 bail.

Records show he has been arrested at least 17 times in the last 20 years. A judge tossed his alleged confession in his wife's 1987 murder, and he was never charged in the 1998 death of his 20-month-old son, who died from a skull-breaking blow, though police said they considered him a suspect.

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