Monday, June 18, 2018
Public safety

New Port Richey church employee finds unwelcome surprise in office

Times staff

NEW PORT RICHEY — An employee at River Praise Church opened an office Tuesday morning and found a 39-year-old man sleeping on the floor.

Jacob Randoll, of 5450 Montana Ave., broke several windows that morning to get inside the church at 5320 Palmetto Road, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. When deputies arrived, Randoll told them his name was "God," then "Jesus Christ," and finally, "Ayden Randoll."

He was arrested on charges of obstructing police, burglary and criminal mischief at a church. But he wasn't done.

In the back of a deputy's car, the report said, he kicked out a window, destroying its frame, and tried to climb out. Deputies had to strike him with a stun gun to keep him from escaping.

Randoll's aggression continued, the report said, when deputies took him to North Bay Hospital for medical clearance. As he was being checked, he grabbed a physician by the neck. Deputies again used a stun gun to subdue him.

He received additional charges of escape and battery of a health care provider.

They took Randoll to Land O' Lakes jail, where he was being held Thursday in lieu of $25,150 bail.

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