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Tampa man faces forgery, assault charges after pursuit

A 37-year-old Tampa man was arrested after he tried to forge a check at a Kash n' Karry, ran to Scotty's hardware store and then pulled a knife on a grocery employee, according to Pasco County Sheriff's reports.

John Willie Cummings of 1819 Elmore Court in Tampa was arrested on nine charges: aggravated assault, resisting arrest without violence, failure to appear in Hernando County court for driving with a license suspended or revoked, failure to appear in Hernando County for driving with an improper tag, driving with license revoked in Hillsborough County, two counts of uttering a forged instrument, resisting arrest without violence and possession of an unauthorized, forged driver's license.

He is being held in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $47,526 in bail.

Deputies say the events at about 7:15 p.m. Saturday unfolded like this: Cummings, whose aliases are Herbert Daniels Jr. and Anthony Daniels, tried to cash a check from Newbern Groves Inc. at the Kash n' Karry at 12530 U.S. 301 in Dade City. Cummings tried to use someone else's identification, so clerks called the Sheriff's Office.

Three people then followed Cummings as he ran to the Scotty's at 12750 U.S. 301 , where Cummings went to the back of the store near the employee lounge. A Kash n' Karry employee told him to stop, and Cummings threated to cut him with a 6-inch knife if the employee tried to stop him.

Cummings then ran behind the store and hid in a building near the lumber yard, where deputies and a sheriff's dog caught him.

Burglary reported in Holiday

HOLIDAY _ A Holiday Parks Apartments resident reported that $102 worth of belongings were stolen from his dresser.

Authorities aren't sure whether the theft is related to a string of burglaries at the apartment complex in which an arrest was made last week.

At about 10:30 p.m. Saturday, the 70-year-old resident went to the top drawer of his dresser to get one of his credit cards. When he opened the drawer, a gold and diamond ring and 11 credit cards were missing, Pasco sheriff's reports state.

The victim told deputies that he hadn't opened the drawer in a long time, so he didn't know how long the items may have been missing. Money left in the dresser had not been touched, reports say.

Former Holiday Parks groundskeeper James Arthur Ramsey, 49, of Tidewater Road in New Port Richey was arrested last week and charged with multiple counts of grand theft, residential burglary, forgery and uttering forged instruments. Ramsey told deputies he had used a master key to get into each apartment, stealing more than $12,000 in cash and property, deputies say.

As of Saturday night, deputies had no leads or clues in this case and did not say the cases were connected.

Auto crash leads to arrest

ZEPHYRHILLS _ A 21-year-old was arrested early Sunday after authorities say he left the scene of a car accident after removing the license plate from his 1971 Ford pickup truck, Sheriff's Office reports state.

David Lee Fambro, of 7531 Robin Hood Trail in Zephyrhills, was charged with leaving the scene of an accident with injuries. A warrant was also out for his arrest for violating probation on drug possession charges.

The accident occurred at about 1 a.m. Sunday on County Road 54, west of Murphy Road. Witnesses told deputies that Fambro got out of his car, took the license tag and fled on foot, reports say.

A witness identified Fambro at his house, where he was arrested. Fambro was taken to the Pasco County jail, where he told deputies he left the crash because he was afraid.

Fambro, who said he didn't remember details of the crash, was being held in jail in lieu of $2,000 bail.

No other details of the car accident were available Sunday afternoon.

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