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New Port Richey biker found dead 10 days after jail release

NEW PORT RICHEY — Dennis Abrahamsen's friends called him "Scooter."

The burly motorcyclist loved women, nude bars and motorcycles, said Taura McDougal, an artist at the tattoo parlor that Abraham­sen opened in Hudson, Embellishing Tattoo & Body Piercing Studio.

"He was down for anything," she said.

He sometimes found himself on the wrong side of the law. This month, he was released from a three-month jail sentence to return to his home in New Port Richey.

Within 10 days, he was dead.

A family member found Abrahamsen, 41, at home on Sycamore Drive about 10 p.m. Sunday. Pasco sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said he was a victim of "homicidal violence" but would not provide additional details.

Born in New Brunswick, N.J., Abrahamsen became what friend Dan Armetta called an "entrepreneur." Records show he started several businesses around Pasco County, including the tattoo parlor on State Road 52 and two now-closed businesses in Port Richey called Scooter's Towing & Recovery and Constant Perfection Auto Body & Restoration.

Friends said Abrahamsen worked as a repo man, though state business records show his application to be licensed as a "recovery agent" was denied.

That could have been because of his criminal record, which included convictions for disorderly conduct, scheming to defraud, grand theft of a motor vehicle and battery — much of that within the past five years.

In 2001, at his former home on Pin Cherry Lane, neighbors accused him of pulling a pistol on them. A Pasco County commissioner at the time called his neighborhood "a war zone."

And in 2007, a judge ordered that Abrahamsen stay away from a woman and their three young children.

In February, Pasco deputies said he violated that injunction and they arrested him. He was sentenced to nearly six months in jail but was released May 7.

Most of the men gathered at his home Monday preferred not to talk about Abrahamsen. Others, like Armetta, described how he and other bikers would meet for long motorcycle rides, launching from a Dunkin' Donuts on State Road 52 and cruising up through Aripeka, or Crystal River, or past Floral City on what they called the Sleepy Hollow run.

Abrahamsen rode a Harley-Davidson loaded with a full dresser bag that let him store gear for long rides. They would ride into the early morning, Armetta said.

"He was a night owl," Armetta said. "He'd do anything for you."

Friend and fellow rider Tom Blatchley said he knew that friendship well. One night, when Blatchley was hit by a drunken driver, Abrahamsen came out with his truck and towed the wreckage home.

"He lived by a law," Blatchley said. "I would trust him with my family."

Times researcher Shirl Kennedy and staff writer Katie Sanders contributed to this report. Drew Harwell can be reached at dharwell@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6244.

New Port Richey biker found dead 10 days after jail release 05/17/10 [Last modified: Monday, May 17, 2010 8:47pm]
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