A man jailed in a Dade City home invasion has been charged in a similar robbery in Zephyrhills after a bullet from the crime scene matched one found by doctors as he underwent surgery.
Willie L. Sims Jr., 18, of Dade City is being held on charges of robbery with a deadly weapon and home invasion robbery. His bail is set at $300,000.
Wednesday, the Sheriff's Office released the name of a man they believe participated with Sims in the first robbery: David Jamarius Giles, 28, whose last known address was 5610 Ninth St., Zephyrhills.
Just after midnight June 28, sheriff's investigators say, Giles and Sims approached a house on Polk Avenue in Dade City as a 34-year-old man was arriving home from a movie with his family. Armed with a handgun and rifle, they demanded jewelry and cash, the Sheriff's Office said.
The man tried to take the rifle away from one suspect, and as they struggled, the other suspect held the handgun to his head. The robbers got away with about $100, two rings and a necklace ripped from a victim's neck, the Sheriff's Office said.
About two weeks later, a man on Marcliff Terrace in Zephyrhills heard a knock at his mobile home, and when he asked who was there, someone answered "It's me." But when he opened the door, a sheriff's report said, Sims and three other suspects wearing bandanas over their faces burst in with guns. One person inside was pistol-whipped; another was able to take a gun from one of the suspects. A gunfight erupted, and as the robbers were fleeing, Sims was struck in the groin by a bullet.
He turned up later at a hospital in Hernando County, where he said he had been hit in a drive-by shooting, the report says. He was taken to Tampa General Hospital for surgery, where doctors extracted a small-caliber bullet.
Crime analysts with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement compared it with a bullet found at the mobile home on Marcliff and determined both were fired from the same gun, the report says.
"It's possible Sims and Giles are involved in other armed robberies around the Dade City area and Zephyrhills area," sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said.
Investigators ask anyone with information on either of the cases to contact Detective Tim Harris toll-free at 1-800-854-2862, ext. 5053.
Molly Moorhead can be reached at email@example.com or (727) 869-6245.