Deputies search for man in attempted carjacking

Published Nov. 14, 2001|Updated Sept. 10, 2005

(ran PC edition)

A 40-year-old Mississippi man got a scare Monday when a man tried to carjack his truck outside the Texaco station at 28009 State Road 54.

Joseph Leo MaGivern of Gulfport, Miss., told sheriff's deputies that he was pumping gas about 11 p.m. at the station when a man approached him and asked for 50 cents.

When MaGivern said he didn't have 50 cents, the man pulled a 9mm handgun and demanded the keys to his truck.

MaGivern told deputies he ran inside the store and told the clerk to call police. The man ran east in front of the nearby Winner's Sports Grill, reports stated.

MaGivern described the assailant as a slender black man about 6 feet tall wearing a blue jacket, baggy blue jeans and a black beanie hat.

Authorities had made no arrests as of Tuesday night.

Man scratched initials

on car in lot, deputies say

WESLEY CHAPEL _ A 27-year-old Lutz man was arrested Monday after authorities accused him of scratching his initials on the side of a 2002 Ford Mustang at a car lot.

Workers at Heritage Ford, 28739 State Road 54, called police Monday evening complaining that Aurelio Mattiello of 24119 Hampton Place would not leave the dealership after it had closed.

According to reports, Mattiello told sheriff's deputies that he had scratched his initials on the yellow Mustang because "it was the car of my dreams and I can't afford it."

Mattiello faces charges of criminal mischief.

He was taken to the county jail in Land O'Lakes, where he remained Tuesday in lieu of $350 bail.