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Port Richey man terrorizes woman, police say

John Michael Wolfe, 26, of Port Richey has been charged with six crimes.

John Michael Wolfe, 26, of Port Richey has been charged with six crimes.

NEW PORT RICHEY— The woman was asleep in her bed Sunday afternoon when, police say, John Michael Wolfe walked in through her apartment's unlocked door.

She woke up and told Wolfe to leave, but he refused, a New Port Richey Police report states. When she tried to call police, he ripped the phone out of the wall. She grabbed a 911-only cellphone given to her by an officer days before, but Wolfe snatched that away, too. The report lists the incident as domestic, but does not provide Wolfe's relation to the woman.

The woman turned to leave through a bedroom window. Wolfe, 26, punched her in the head and bit her right arm. He put her in a choke hold and told her, "I'm going to f------ kill you," according to the report.

"If I'm going back to jail," the report quotes him as saying, "I'm going to make it worth it this time."

Records show Wolfe has been arrested nine times in Pasco County on a host of charges including grand theft, domestic battery and aggravated assault on a person over 65.

He dragged the woman into a back laundry room where her screams would be muffled to the outside, the report states, and continued to beat her. He took a break to smoke a cigarette.

The woman used the lull to escape from the apartment, screaming for help outside until officers arrived. Wolfe ran away with the cellphone.

Officers arrested him on Monday night at his home, 11514 Newell Drive in Port Richey. He was booked at the Land O'Lakes jail on charges of attempted murder, kidnapping, domestic battery, tampering with a witness, burglary and petty theft.

He remained in jail Tuesday without bail.

Port Richey man terrorizes woman, police say 03/04/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 6:22pm]
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