Friday, June 22, 2018
Public safety

Two arrested in New Port Richey armed robbery

NEW PORT RICHEY — Two men are accused of participating in an armed robbery at the Quick King Tobacco store at 5051 U.S. 19. The robbery happened about 2 p.m. Tuesday. The two suspects were in custody within hours, after a witness described a vehicle used in the robbery. A New Port Richey police officer spotted the red vehicle at a house known for drug activity, a report states.

Michael D. Keene, 31, and Christopher G. Hall, 26, both of New Port Richey, were arrested and charged with robbery with a deadly weapon. Keene is accused of being the getaway driver. Authorities say Hall walked into the shop with a gun and demanded money.

Later, Hall told officers he only got $110 from the clerk, "who did not deserve this," the New Port Richey Police report states. Hall said he robbed the store because he knew the cashier wouldn't hurt him.

Keene and Hall both remained at the Pasco County Jail Wednesday in lieu of $50,000 bail. Hall is also charged with failing to appear in court on charges of writing worthless checks.

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