Pasco deputies search for missing mental health patient

NEW PORT RICHEY

Schizophrenic man missing from his ALF

Pasco deputies are searching for a 52-year-old man who has been missing from his assisted living facility since Feb. 19. Scott Hamilton suffers from schizophrenia, severe anxiety issues and diabetes, authorities said.

He left without his medications and "is unable to function in society," according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Hamilton has left the facility in the past and ended up in a Pinellas mental health facility under the alias "Alexander Hamilton," the report stated.

Hamilton left Hillandale Assisted Living at 6333 Langston Ave. in New Port Richey about 9:30 a.m. Feb. 19. He was last seen wearing a yellow shirt and blue jeans. He had a shaved head and missing teeth.

Anyone with information was urged to call the Pasco County Sheriff's Office at (727) 844-7711.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Four held in string of car burglaries

A day care worker acted as a getaway driver for three thieves, including one teenage gunman, who broke into cars in the Lake Bernadette community about 3 a.m. Monday, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

Rosa Rodriguez, 19, told investigators she is a day care worker at Lighthouse Christian Academy & Day Care. A staffer at the Dade City day care program told the Times she could not divulge employee records, or confirm or deny that Rodriguez worked there.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Rodriguez was the driver for Robin M. Cordoba, 28; Buenventurea Hernandez, 21; and a 16-year-old boy, whom the Times is not naming due to his age. The group broke into a half-dozen cars, stealing stereos, GPS units and other items, reports state. All four suspects are from Dade City.

Rodriguez, Cordoba and Hernandez each face six counts of auto burglary. Hernandez is also charged with grand theft and violating his probation. All three remained Tuesday in the Land O'Lakes Jail.

The juvenile is charged with armed auto burglary, grand theft and violating probation. A report says the teen wore a black ski mask during the burglaries and was armed with a handgun, "which he tossed out the window of his getaway vehicle after the Sheriff's Office attempted to conduct a traffic stop."

Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said the gun was found.

Pasco deputies search for missing mental health patient 03/08/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 8, 2011 7:36pm]

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