Sunday, June 24, 2018
Public safety

Girl awakens to find man at her window

NEW PORT RICHEY — The 17-year-old girl woke at 6 a.m. Thursday to pounding on her bedroom window. The glass was fogged. She couldn't see out. A man's voice on the other side told her to be quiet.

She ran to her father's room. James Drinkwater, 38, rushed to the window. He looked out and saw another man staring back at him in the dark.

Drinkwater yelled at the man. He ran outside and told him to get on the ground and wait for deputies to arrive, according to a Pasco sheriff's report. He recognized the man as his neighbor from across the street.

Drinkwater told deputies Robert Koning, 39, had just moved into the home at 9425 Mango St. in the Griffin Park area a few days ago. When deputies tried to talk to Koning, the report states, he stood there, silent, his mouth agape. After repeated prompting, he said he knew the people in the house, then said they were his cousins, then said he had no idea what the deputies were talking about, the report states.

A deputy wrote in the report that Koning "appeared to be under the influence." Dianna Miller, a woman at Koning's house, told deputies she thought he has a prescription for tranquilizers.

The girl's window screen was tattered and pulled away from the window. Koning was carrying a sharp screw on him that deputies said, "could have been used to remove the screen from the window."

Koning was arrested on charges of attempted burglary and possessing burglary tools with intent to use. He was taken to Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point for medical clearance then to the Land O'Lakes jail where he remained Friday in lieu of $15,000 bail.

His arrest record dates back to 1996 in Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties with charges including numerous grand thefts, burglary, battery and dealing in stolen property.

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