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Tryst in truck leads to shooting, Brooksville man's arrest

BROOKSVILLE — Robin Nelson approached the pickup parked in front of his girlfriend's home and tried to open the locked passenger side door. Then he looked inside and saw his girlfriend having sex with another man, according to a police report.

He beat on the window and the man inside grabbed a pistol, loaded it, then shot him through the window, the report said.

Eddie Guardado, 29, of Brooksville, now faces a charge of aggravated battery in connection with the shooting of Nelson. He was arrested Monday and remained behind bars in lieu of $10,000 bail.

According to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office, Guardado and the woman, Megan Steele, were parked Sunday in the front of her home in the 2200 block of Pomeroy Road. Guardado and Steele were allegedly having sex in the driver's seat of his 2007 Dodge Ram.

Nelson tried to open the door, then started beating on the window.

Guardado pushed Steele off his lap, opened the center console and removed an ammunition magazine, according to the report. He then opened the glove compartment, removed a 9mm semiautomatic pistol and loaded the weapon.

Guardado then fired a shot through the window, striking Nelson in the left forearm, the report states. Nelson ran away and Guardado drove away to the Homosassa area, where he hid the truck and replaced the window the next day.

Steele later identified Guardado for authorities. The truck was found with a recently replaced passenger side window and broken glass on the passenger's side.

Guardado admitted to the shooting during an interview Monday with deputies. He surrendered the weapon to the authorities and identified it as the firearm that he used Sunday.

Deputies seeking man who watched girls

HERNANDO BEACH — Hernando deputies were searching Tuesday for a man accused of watching two girls who were sun tanning themselves behind their home.

The girls, ages 8 and 9, told authorities that about 6 p.m. Sunday, a man in a truck drove behind their home on Eagle Nest Drive and started watching them. When the girls tried to leave, the man allegedly circled them in his truck and tried to prevent them from running toward their home.

The girls were able to get around the truck and saw the man open his door and smile at them, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

The man was described as Hispanic, in his 40s, with a tan complexion. He's about 5 feet 10 and 150 pounds with short, black hair, an unshaven face and no visible tattoos. The man was supposedly wearing jean shorts and a blue T-shirt.

The girls said the man was driving a turquoise, newer-model pickup truck with two doors and an extended cab.

The man had been seen walking in the area that morning and afternoon, according to the Sheriff's Office. About three weeks ago, the man allegedly approached other young girls and asked them personal questions.

Anyone with information was asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at (352) 754-6830 or Hernando County Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-866-990-8477.

Truck accident blocks train; man badly hurt

RIDGE MANOR — A train had to be stopped Tuesday morning as it approached a truck accident that was blocking the railroad tracks at Cortez and Treiman boulevards in eastern Hernando County.

Robert Bodiford, driver of a 2003 Chevrolet pickup truck that was towing a trailer of cattle, was heading east on State Road 50 when he tried to avoid a collision with a dump truck traveling west. But the left side of the dump truck sideswiped the left side of the pickup truck, causing the pickup to collide with a railroad sign, according to the report.

The trailer was overturned, injuring some of the cattle inside. The dump truck came to a rest on the south shoulder.

Bodiford, 55, of Brooksville, suffered serious injuries in the collision and was taken to Brooksville Regional Hospital. Lazaro Capote, 35, driver of the dump truck, was not injured.

Authorities were able to stop the oncoming train short of the railroad tracks, said Sgt. Donna Black, spokeswoman for the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

The Florida Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

Jail inmate accused of attempted escape

BROOKSVILLE — An inmate at the Hernando County jail was accused of trying to escape after guards found he had been chiseling away at the wall surrounding his cell window.

Martin Curtis Carr Jr., 24, was arrested Monday and charged with attempted escape. Carr, whom authorities consider a flight risk, was being held at the county jail without bail.

According to the Sheriff's Office, during an inspection of the cell Sunday, jail guards found the area around the mirror over the sink and the area around the cell window had been "systematically chiseled away." Deputies said toilet paper covered with toothpaste had been used to fill in the area and conceal the progress.

Inside the overhead fluorescent light fixture of the cell, guards also discovered that two metal support brackets had been removed and concealed inside the fixture with screws.

Carr allegedly took responsibility for trying to dig out of the cell, according to the report.

One of the other inmates in the cell, Shawn Williams, said Carr would unscrew the light fixture with his fingers at night and remove the two metal brackets. Then, Williams told authorities, Carr and another inmate, Anthony Tuttle, would chisel at the block all night and cover the work with toilet paper and toothpaste.

Williams said Carr came up with the idea to escape because he was facing a long prison term for previous charges.

Carr, who has a lengthy criminal record in Hernando, was set to appear in court this month for charges ranging from strong-arm robbery, battery by person in jail upon another detainee, resisting arrest without violence and aggravated fleeing or attempting to elude law enforcement officers.

Tryst in truck leads to shooting, Brooksville man's arrest 03/10/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 8:24pm]
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