NEW PORT RICHEY
Two teens arrested in armed robbery case
Weeks ago, the Pasco Sheriff's Office asked for help identifying two suspects in a violent robbery at A&D Beverage Station. Even though the victims cooperated, the two masked men pushed guns into the faces of one male and one female employee and the woman's 18-year-old daughter. The robbers got $100 and three cartons of Newport cigarettes.
"These guys were really aggressive," said Pasco Detective Lisa Schoneman.
Tips from stories about the Feb. 28 robbery led investigators to their suspects.
It turns out they weren't men. They were teens.
Chance A. Drake, 16, and Glen Farley Harris, 17, are accused of robbing the drive-through beverage store, located at 5839 State Road 54 in New Port Richey. The teens, both from Dade City, are charged with armed robbery. Drake was arrested Thursday at Pasco High School. Harris was charged Friday at the Pasco jail, where he's been held since March 12 when he was arrested in connection with another armed robbery. Harris, who turns 18 on April 6, is accused of robbing a woman at gunpoint in March outside Doc's Pub and Grill at 14946 U.S. 301 in Dade City.
Felon broke into home, deputies say
Mark Gerow, a felon accused of robbing diners at a Port Richey McDonald's Thursday, is facing more charges. Gerow, 43, is also accused of breaking into a home on Sandra Drive in Port Richey at 2 a.m. on March 21 and beating the occupant in the head with his gun. Gerow then forced the victim at gunpoint to lead him to his prescription pills and money, a Pasco Sheriff's report states.
Gerow is charged with home invasion robbery and aggravated battery. These are in addition to the charges he accumulated Thursday, when he allegedly robbed diners eating inside their car at 1 a.m. at a McDonald's at 11542 U.S. 19 in Port Richey. Deputies say Gerow shot at the car and then rammed a patrol cruiser with his car in an attempt to escape. No one was injured.
Gerow, of Tavares, was released from prison in November after serving a 20-year sentence for trafficking stolen goods and escape. He was listed as an absconder from his Florida Department of Corrections probation and is now being held without bail at the Pasco jail.
Drugs, weapon found in home raid
Nearly five pounds of marijuana, as well as smaller amounts of cocaine, ecstasy, oxycodone, drug paraphernalia and a gun, were found during a raid on a large Meadow Pointe home Friday, sheriff's officials said.
The three residents of 28311 Openfield Loop were arrested and face numerous drug charges. They are Khristopher Dupree, 20; Carrington Yusef Milton, 20 and Leslie B. Torres, 21. As detectives executed a search warrant on the 2,337-square-foot-home, Milton tried to escape out a window with a gun, a report states. He was soon caught. Milton is currently on felony probation for grand theft and trespassing, according to the Florida Department of Corrections. He is a Valentine Blood gang member, the Sheriff's Office says.
All three suspects are being held at the Pasco jail. The Sheriff's Office wouldn't comment on what led them to first investigate the drug house.
Man accused of attempted murder
Joshua S. Howard has been out of prison for a month and is now back behind bars on a charge of attempted murder.
Howard, 22, is accused of shooting a 40-year-old man in the head Thursday night in the Carver Heights area of Dade City. Howard and the victim argued Thursday, possibly about a woman, a Sheriff's Office report states. After the fight, the victim went to his house on Johnson Street, walked back outside and was shot in the temple. The victim was flown to an area hospital and was well enough to speak to detectives.
Howard, of 13343 Center St. in Carver Heights, was released from prison Feb. 28 after serving eight months for selling marijuana and possessing cocaine, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.
He is being held without bail at the Pasco jail.