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Tampa men charged with Brandon home invasion, dog abuse

BRANDON

Men rob five at gunpoint, abuse dogs

Two Tampa men were arrested Saturday after deputies said they committed a home invasion during which they robbed five people at gunpoint and punched and kicked four dogs.

Deputies said Patrick Shawn O'Neal Jr., 25, and Terrel Maurice Matthews, 20, walked into an open garage at 1337 Foxboro Drive, brandished a loaded gun, robbed the occupants and abused the dogs. After deputies arrived and ordered the men to stop, they crashed through and knocked down a neighbor's wooden fence before being arrested, according to sworn statements.

In the arrest reports, deputies identified both O'Neal, of 6204 Astoria Drive, and Matthews, of 4014 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., as members of the NTG Bloods gang.

Each was being held without bail Sunday at the Hillsborough County Jail on charges of home invasion robbery, aggravated assault, battery, carrying a concealed weapon, cruelty to animals, obstructing or opposing an officer without violence and criminal mischief.

TAMPA

Kids in cars of two accused of racing

A Tampa man and woman raced on the Courtney Campbell Parkway at speeds of 90 to 100 mph early Sunday, and each had at last one preschooler in the car with them, Tampa police said.

James Wilson Maymi, 29, and Virgen Ivett Lopez, 23, were arrested about 3 a.m., according to arrest reports.

Maymi, of 6105 Axelrod Road, was in a 1990 Acura that was not registered and did not have an assigned tag, police said. While racing, officers said, he had a 20-month-old and a 2-year-old in the car with him.

Police said he was racing against a 1998 Honda driven by Lopez, of 10610 N 30th St., whom officers said had a 2-year-old in her car. The reports did not state the relationships between the adults and children.

Maymi and Lopez were booked into the Hillsborough County Jail on one count each of racing on a highway and were released after posting $1,000 and $500 bail, respectively. Maymi also faces charges of driving without a valid license and driving an unregistered vehicle.

TAMPA

Police: Man hits two, including ex

Police arrested a 31-year-old Tampa man Sunday after he struck his ex-girlfriend's car with his Jeep, according to an arrest report.

Randy Haley of 3808 Coral Drive was being held without bail at the Hillsborough County Jail on two counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

An officer said in a report that Haley began following his ex-girlfriend and another man after a fight about 3:30 a.m. Sunday.

When the woman pulled over at E Fowler Avenue and 46th Street N so she and her passenger could check themselves for injuries from the fight, Haley hit the woman's vehicle while she was sitting in it, police said.

He also hit the male passenger, who was standing outside the car, with his Jeep, an arrest report said.

Tampa men charged with Brandon home invasion, dog abuse 07/05/09 [Last modified: Sunday, July 5, 2009 11:03pm]

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