Beating over $100 debt leads to arrest, charges
A 26-year-old man is accused of dishing out a severe beating — facial fractures, a concussion with bleeding on the brain and a spinal cord fracture — because the victim owed another man $100.
Richard Allen Scott argued with the victim July 22 about the money, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. The victim, whose name was not released, was beaten that afternoon by Scott and an unidentified man at the BP gas station at 9550 Moon Lake Road, the report said.
The victim told deputies he was beaten with fists and a metal pipe until he blacked out. He and a witness later identified Scott out of a photo lineup.
Scott, 12345 Lantana Ave., was arrested Tuesday night on a charge of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon. He remained Wednesday at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Roommate accused of attack, attempted theft
Gary Zurline was sleeping in his bedroom the morning of July 15 when he was attacked by his roommate, who beat him and tried to steal the gold chain from his neck, according to reports.
The roommate, Timothy Dawson, 25, used a metal object, perhaps a police baton, in the attack, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office said.
"The victim stated he was in fear for his life (and) that the defendant was trying to kill him," the report said.
Zurline suffered a broken nose, an orbital fracture that will require surgery and lacerations that required staples to close, the report said.
Dawson, 39403 Kimberly Ave., was arrested this week on charges of aggravated battery and armed robbery. He remained Wednesday at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $60,000 bail.
Woman says neighbor punched her in head
A 26-year-old man is accused pushing his way into a neighbor's apartment, grabbing her by the hair and punching her in the head.
The woman ran back into her apartment about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday and locked herself inside. Her attacker, identified by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office as Adam Kareame St. Valle, then punched her window, shattering it.
It is unclear what prompted the attack.
St. Valle, 6551 Deeb St., No. 6, was charged with burglary of a residence, battery and criminal mischief. He remained Wednesday at the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $10,300 bail.