Monday, December 18, 2017
Public safety

Trio charged with robbery of McDonald's diners in Port Richey

PORT RICHEY — A felon recently released from prison after a 20-year sentence is accused of robbing diners in a McDonald's parking lot, shooting into the victims' car and then ramming a deputy's cruiser as he tried to flee the scene.

Mark Gerow, 43, and two women — Jamie Lee King, 30, and Amanda Davenport, 32 — approached people who were eating in their vehicle outside the McDonald's at 11542 U.S. 19 in Port Richey just after 1 a.m. Thursday, the Sheriff's Office said. Gerow pointed a gun at the victims and demanded their wallets and cellphones, then he fired a round into the car, a report states. No one was injured. The Sheriff's Office did not say how many people were inside the car.

The three suspects fled but were later found. Gerow rammed his car into a deputy's cruiser in an attempt to escape, but his car was disabled by the blow, the Sheriff's Office said.

Davenport, of Port Richey, and King, of Holiday, are charged with robbery with a deadly weapon. Gerow, of Tavares, faces the same charge, plus a slew of others, including battery on a law enforcement officer. He is being held without bail.

According to the Florida Department of Corrections, Gerow was released from prison in November after serving 20 years for trafficking stolen goods and escape. He is listed as an absconder from his probation.

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