Saturday, December 16, 2017
Public safety

Police: New Port Richey man attacks woman, returns with gun

Times staff

NEW PORT RICHEY — A bystander stopped him from beating and choking his pregnant girlfriend Sunday, police said, so the 47-year-old man walked away.

But he came back with a gun.

According to an arrest report, New Port Richey Police arrested Geoffrey Owen Joe, 47, after they say he came back to his home at 4916 Voorhees Road, pointed his revolver at three women standing nearby, and started shooting.

The violence started about 6:30 p.m. after Joe got in an argument with his girlfriend, three months pregnant with his child. The report said he grabbed her hair with one hand, her throat with the other, and dragged her to the ground.

That's when a bystander intervened, letting the pregnant woman get away. Joe left, too, the report said, but came back with his gun, looking for the bystander. When he didn't find him, he shot at the women. He came within about 10 feet of one of them and aimed at her.

"I don't care," he said, according to the report. "I'll kill you all."

He pulled the trigger, the report said, but the gun didn't fire. He fled the area and was arrested Tuesday.

Joe is charged with three counts of attempted murder and two counts of illegal possession of a gun. He was being held in Land O' Lakes jail Wednesday without bail.

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