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Suspect in robbery faces more charges

Published Sep. 27, 2005

A man accused in the July 17 after-hours armed robbery at the SunCruz gambling ship now faces two additional charges, including kidnapping. Jarrett Lee Soper, 19, of 10114 SW Unisus Lane in Inglis already was charged with armed robbery and theft. The Citrus County Sheriff's Office says Soper and another man held up a 61-year-old security guard at gunpoint around 3:30 a.m., stole an ATM from the gambling ship and hauled it off in the guard's car. Assistant State Attorney Willard Pope said the guard was taped to a chair as the robbers made their way through the cruise ship. Soper is now charged with kidnapping, which Pope said applies when someone is detained against their will to facilitate another crime. Soper is also charged with grand theft in connection with the guard's stolen car, which was recovered the same evening.

Pedestrian suffers backside gunshot wound

CRYSTAL RIVER _ A 42-year-old man walking along Carleen Street early Saturday was shot in the buttocks by a passing motorist. The man, whose identity is being withheld by the Citrus County Sheriff's Office, told investigators that he was walking south on Carleen Street around 3 a.m. when a late model black Ford Mustang pulled alongside him. One of the occupants asked if he knew where his drugs were, according to the Sheriff's Office, and told him that someone had taken his money. The man said he didn't know where his drugs were. He told investigators that he heard what sounded like a gunshot, ran, then heard another shot and felt a stinging sensation in his buttocks.

Historical society to discuss pioneer women

CRYSTAL RIVER _ The Citrus County Historical Society will meet at 2 p.m. Friday at the Coastal Region Library, 8619 W Crystal St., Crystal River. Author and publisher Patti Bartlette, past director of the Matheson Historical Center in Gainesville, will discuss "Pioneer Women of Florida." For information, call Nedra Repp at 726-6564.