Sheriff's deputies arrested a man Monday and charged him with robbing a teenager at gunpoint, reports said.
The victim, a 14-year-old boy, said Richard Lee Baker, 42, pointed a gun at him near E 139th Ave. and N 15th St., and forced him to hand over his money, according to reports. Baker took $30, then fled toward E 142nd Ave. and N 19th St., the report stated.
Deputies were nearby because they had responded to a call about a possible fight, but later discovered a group of teenagers who were following Baker, sheriff's deputies said. A dog was used to track Baker to the back yard of 1807 E 143rd Ave.
Baker was found with 2.8 grams of crack cocaine and a .38-caliber revolver, officials said. He faces charges of possession of cocaine and armed robbery.
Man takes attacker's knife and smacks him with it.
CITRUS PARK _ A 20-year-old man threatened another man with a knife Monday, but wound up getting struck with his own weapon by the intended victim, officials said.
Sheriff's deputies said Phillip Siew followed Parton James, 38, from the Handy Food Store on Ehrlich Road to 7609 Almark St. where the two argued. Siew took a knife from his Isuzu pickup truck and approached James, who ended up hitting Siew in the head with the weapon, according to a report.
Siew was charged with aggravated battery.
Deputy shoots at suspect
accused of robbing store
TOWN 'N COUNTRY _ A sheriff's deputy shot at a man suspected of robbing a store clerk at knifepoint Friday and fleeing after deputies tried to arrest him.
The man was not hit and deputies caught him moments later.
Terry Ford McDaniel, 43, was charged with armed robbery, battery on a law enforcement officer and resisting arrest with violence.
Sheriff's deputies said McDaniel entered the Coastal Mart at 6915 W Waters Ave. at 1:40 a.m. and asked the clerk for a coat hanger, saying he had locked his keys in his car.
McDaniel then entered the store a second time and asked to use the phone. He entered the store a third time and asked for a heavy object and some screw drivers.
At that point McDaniel pulled out a knife and jabbed it at the clerk, a 60-year-old woman, deputies said. He then emptied the store's cash drawer and fled down Waters Avenue.
McDaniel was pulled over minutes later by deputies Lori Cain and Robin Hymes, who arrested him and were attempting to handcuff him when he fought with them, broke free and ran.
Hymes fired at McDaniel during the chase, and caught him after McDaniel climbed a 6-foot chain-link fence into a back yard.
Woman knocked down by
teen trying to get purse
CARROLLWOOD _ A mugger threw a customer to the ground while trying to steal her purse as she entered the Publix grocery store early Sunday evening, sheriff's deputies said.
The 38-year-old woman told deputies she felt a tug on her purse as she entered the store at 13178 N. Dale Mabry Highway at 6:24 p.m.
She turned to see a teenage boy grabbing her purse strap.
The woman struggled with the youth, who threw her to the ground, injuring her hand.
She screamed, other shoppers approached and her attacker fled on a bicycle without the purse.
_ VALERIE Q. CARINO and AMY HERDY