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Port Richey teen arrested on sex assault charges


Teen is arrested on sex assault charges

Juan Pablo Garcia Jr., 18, is accused of raping a 14-year-old girl in January, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Garcia, of Port Richey, was arrested Wednesday on a charge of sexual battery. He was already in the Land O'Lakes jail on a charge of aggravated battery and is being held in lieu of $20,000 bail.

The arrest report says Garcia forced himself on the girl and told her to "enjoy it." The assault happened at a vacant house in Port Richey, according to the Sheriff's Office. After reporting the assault, the victim was taken to the Pasco County Health Department for an examination. According to the report, the girl suffered bleeding and bruises consistent with her story.

Garcia denied the charges, the report said.


Laborer is arrested on three charges of arson

A 49-year-old laborer was arrested this week on charges he started a March 7 blaze in a grocery store Dumpster next to the Holiday Travel Park on Aires Drive.

James. R. Hardgrove of Holiday told deputies he intentionally ignited a mattress with a match, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. There is no mention of his motive.

The mattress was set afire next to the Dumpster at a Winn-Dixie. The flames burned a 6-foot stockade fence. The heat melted the vinyl siding on a mobile home, where a 75-year-old woman lives. Hot ashes burned holes on the cloth awnings of a Winnebago. The 68-year-old man camping in the Winnebago, parked in Lot 31, ran outside when he smelled smoke. The fire caused about $15,000 in damage, the report states.

Hardgrove was charged Wednesday with three counts of arson and violating his probation. He is being held in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $303,700 bail.


Motorists who didn't give cash got cussed

Steven Raymond didn't take "no" too kindly Wednesday night as he begged for money at State Road 52 and U.S. 19, authorities say.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Raymond cussed and screamed at motorists who wouldn't give him money. The deputy who responded to the scene said Raymond has done this before. But usually, the deputy wrote in a report, Raymond darted into the nearby woods before being caught. This time he didn't.

Raymond, who is 32 and homeless, was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct.

"The defendant corrupted the victims' public morals and the decency of the public," the deputy wrote in Raymond's arrest report.

Raymond is being held at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $150 bail. According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, this is his fourth arrest since October, all on charges related to soliciting without a permit.


She took out anger on car of ex's girlfriend

When the deputies came, the young, petite mother calmly confessed.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Miranda Ashlee Hill, 20, went over to the house of her ex-boyfriend's new girlfriend Wednesday afternoon, punctured all four of the woman's car tires and used a house key to carve the words "slut" and an expletive on the sides, as well as scratching the length of the car, trunk and hood.

Then as the finale, the report said, Hill pummeled the car with three raw eggs.

The deputy who responded to the scene said Hill confessed to the crime in writing. The Sheriff's Office said Hill, who lives in Holiday, has children with her ex-boyfriend.

She was charged with felony criminal mischief and is being held in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.


Unregistered business leads to man's arrest

The suspected owner of an unregistered telemarketing business was arrested Wednesday on a charge of telemarketing without a license.

Kenneth Bates Choco, a 53-year-old from Palm Harbor, operates Cool Ducts AC and Heat, according to the state Division of Consumer Services. Choco's business was found during a regular check of telemarketing businesses, said Maj. Bob Johnson, of the law enforcement branch of the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

Choco was taken to the Land O'Lakes jail and released the same day on $5,000 bail.

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