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Woman, 22, slain in Holiday; estranged boyfriend in custody

HOLIDAY — A 22-year-old woman's body was found Friday afternoon inside a brown, squat duplex on Golden Nugget Drive. Pasco Sheriff Bob White said her slaying was so brutal, it's difficult to tell what weapon was used to kill her.

Thomas James Cacacie, 26, the woman's estranged boyfriend, was taken into custody a few hours after her body was discovered. White said Cacacie was charged with first-degree murder and one count of sexual battery. He was taken to the Land O'Lakes jail.

The victim was identified late Friday as Sarah Ann Capps.

White said Capps' family is from out of state. He said Capps and Cacacie had a child together, although the child was removed from her home and was in state custody long before she was killed.

White would not discuss specifics of the case, but said his office was told there was a homicide at that location — which then lead to the hunt for the suspect.

"It was a horrific murder," White said.

White said the Sheriff's Office worked with U.S. marshals to pinpoint Cacacie's location — who turned out to still be near the crime scene.

"He was right there across the street," White said near the woman's home at 5705 Golden Nugget Drive, which is in a neighborhood called Dodge City.

Originally built as an affordable community for retirees, the neighborhood is now struggling with some dangerous elements, residents said. Last year, a masked man kicked down the front door of 5712 Golden Nugget Drive and shot a pregnant woman and a man, both of whom lived.

"This whole street is full of drugs and crime," said Ryan Krebser, 25, who said he lives a few blocks away. "It's gone real bad. Lot of burglaries. Lot of drug use.

"It's not safe around here."

This is the third slaying in west Pasco in the past two weeks. Ann Parlato, 94, was butchered in her home on Colrain Drive in Regency Park. Her lawn maintenance man, John Sexton Jr., 47, is charged with the crime. Her body was found Sept. 23.

Lester Caudill, 54, was killed Sunday in what authorities say was a drug deal gone bad behind a Goodwill thrift store on U.S. 19 and Jasmine Boulevard. Michael Liberty, 21, is charged in Caudill's slaying.

These murders happened in the west Pasco areas that White has been saying he needs more deputies to patrol. He asked the County Commission for the money for 28 more deputies to split between Holiday and the Embassy Hills/Regency Park area. The commission, citing harsh economic times, said no. A television reporter asked White on Friday if he wanted to say anything about it.

"This isn't the venue to talk about that," White replied.

Erin Sullivan can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 869-6229.

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