Around the Region - Jan. 4


Published: Sunday, January 4, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 3, 2009 at 11:50 p.m.

POLICE BEAT

Police: 2 thieves rob man, guest

A High Springs man and his guest were robbed of money and valuables when two thieves broken into his home Friday night, police reported.

The incident was reported about 8:20 p.m. when the man called 911 to report that he was at home at 630 NE 1st St. with is 3-month-old daughter, a friend and her 4-year-old daughter when two men entered the house and forced the adults to turn over their money and valuables, said Chief Jim Troiano.

One of the men had a knife, police said. They made the victims lay on the floor and then fled, possibly in a red SUV similar to the GMC or Chevrolet Jimmy, police added.

Police said the suspects were white. One was 5-foot-9 to 5-foot-11 with an average build. He was dressed in black and wore a black ski mask. The second was 5-foot-10 to 6 feet with an average build. He was dressed in brown and wore a black ski mask.

Anyone with information concerning the robbery is asked to call HSPD at 386-454-1415, or remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 352-372-7867 (STOP).

Callers are eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.

Cindy Swirko

Victim says man hit him with a pipe

OCALA Authorities arrested a man early Saturday morning for hitting another man with a pipe and stealing the victim's pants and shoes before fleeing, according to Ocala police.

The victim told authorities he was crossing the street in the 3500 block of W. Silver Springs Boulevard when he was approached by a man who hit him in the head with a pipe.

The man said the robber then threw him to the ground and took his shoes, pants and wallet.

The man told police that, before leaving, the robber returned his wallet.

The robber then escaped in a gold Chevy Lumina that was being driven by another man, police said.

During their investigation, officers discovered that the vehicle was stolen.

They were able to track down the vehicle and arrest a suspect identified as Michael Hayes, 36.

At the time of his capture, Hayes was wearing the victim's shoes, police said.

Hayes was first taken to Munroe Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for breathing problems and being intoxicated, police said.

After being released from the hospital, Hayes was charged with strong arm robbery and resisting a law enforcement officer with violence.

Police also captured the driver, Marlon Vereen, 43, who was charged with grand theft auto and driving with a suspended or revoked license.

Sun staff report

STATE

Train derails on Florida panhandle

Milton Authorities say a freight train has derailed near a Panhandle middle school.

Witnesses say at least six cars derailed and are lying on their sides.

The Associated Press

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