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Tavares teen charged with choking Brooksville woman, stealing car

BROOKSVILLE — A traffic stop in Lake County led to the arrest of a teenager who deputies say choked an elderly Hernando County woman and stole her car.

Acting on a tip, the Tavares Police Department on Monday stopped Randy Moses Haripel, 17, of Tavares and another person in a car belonging to Jacklyn Davis, 77, of Brooksville, according to a Hernando County Sheriff's Office news release.

At the request of Tavares officers, Hernando County sheriff's deputies went to Davis' home in the Rolling Acres subdivision east of Brooksville, where they heard a woman screaming for help, according to the release. Deputies entered the home and found Davis lying on the floor, suffering from serious injuries.

During an interview, Davis told deputies someone had knocked on her back door sometime during the day Monday. She answered, and the young man confronted her, asking for a specific person.

Davis told the man that person didn't live at the house. When she tried to close the door, the man forced himself inside, according to the release. He then pushed Davis to the ground and tried to strangle her.

Davis blacked out and woke up some time later. She searched for her cellphone, but discovered that the intruder had taken it and several cordless phones.

She told deputies she was not sure how long she had been on the floor before they arrived.

Davis remained in guarded condition at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point on Tuesday, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Denise Moloney.

Deputies interviewed Haripel, who admitted his involvement in the home invasion, according to the release.

Tavares police officers arrested Haripel on a grand theft charge. Hernando deputies arrested him on charges of home invasion robbery and aggravated battery on a person older than 65. Additional charges are pending, according to the release.

Haripel was being held Tuesday at the Marion Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Ocala.

Kathryn Varn can be reached at (352) 754-6114 or kvarn@tampabay.com. Follow her on Twitter @kathrynvarn.

Tavares teen charged with choking Brooksville woman, stealing car 06/24/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 24, 2014 7:07pm]
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