A woman was abducted at gunpoint off the streets of downtown Brooksville, then robbed and released, according to police reports. Melissa Cody, 26, of Brooksville told police she was stopped at a traffic light at U.S. 41 and State Road 50 some time between 8 and 10 p.m. Sunday when an unidentified man climbed through the passenger-side door, pulled out a pistol and ordered her to drive along State Road 50.
The man picked up a woman, and they forced Cody to drive to an isolated spot, the reports said. The woman beat and kicked Cody, and the pair stole Cody's gold chains, valued at $230, and $215 in cash.
Brooksville police are investigating the incident as a kidnapping and armed robbery, reports said.
Cody's is not the only weekend attack Hernando County law enforcement officials are investigating. Sheriff's deputies Monday were looking for a 21-year-old Spring Hill man who is accused of breaking a bottle of wine on the head of a 17-year-old youth early Sunday morning.
Jason McCune was in the Pick Kwik store at 3495 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill, about 1 a.m. when he got into an argument with an unidentified man over McCune's Oakland A's T-shirt, reports say. When the two started scuffling, Eric Powell stepped in to protect his friend, reports said.
The man punched McCune and then broke a bottle of wine over his head, deputies reported. McCune sustained a 2-inch cut on his head that needed 17 stitches.
Powell of 127 Shelby Court is on probation in Hernando County and faces warrants from Pasco County, reports said, but the charges could not be determined.
Deputies also are investigating what they termed a suspicious fire that destroyed a double-wide mobile home Sunday morning at 12375 Pine Bluff St. in Spring Hill.
The mobile home went up in flames about 1 a.m., causing about $30,000 in damage, sheriff's reports said. The occupant of the mobile home and her children were on vacation when the fire started.
A neighbor told deputies that he heard a noise and saw two suspicious people near the mobile home shortly before the fire was discovered, reports said. Officials found a 5-gallon gasoline can at the scene of the fire, the reports said.