Four men accused of hitting man, trying to steal his dog

Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 4:10 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 4:10 p.m.

A Hawthorne man was arrested Monday afternoon after deputies said he and three other men beat another man and tried to steal his dog.

Tomondrek Moore, 28, of 21307 SE Hawthorne Road, and three other men went to the Chevron Gas Station on U.S. 301 in Hawthorne where John Caskey, 51, and his pitbull were waiting at the store for a ride to Lochloosa, according to the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.

When the four men got out of the car, Caskey said, they told him he had a nice dog. During the conversation, one of the men reached down and grabbed the pitbull by the collar, the report said.

Caskey told officials that when he reacted, one of the men punched him in the back of the head. When he turned toward him, he was struck again in the back of the head by another man, the report said.

Caskey and the men struggled for the dog, but eventually Caskey grabbed his pitbull and ran inside while the men got into a red SUV. As Caskey came outside to write down the tags of the vehicle, the SUV stopped, backed up and all four men got out and went toward Caskey, deputies said.

Caskey ran back inside the store again, but this time called 911. Deputies found the SUV and saw several people flee into the wooded area of the 21000 block of SE Hawthorne Road, the report said.

Moore did not flee from the deputies and told them he admitted to driving the vehicle, but not participating in the attempted robbery. The vehicle is registered to Moore's girlfriend, the report said.

Moore also told deputies that he was in the store when one of the other men, who he identified as "Boogie," got into a verbal argument with Caskey. Moore said he grabbed "Boogie," got him in the car and returned to his house, but that he never saw anyone hit Caskey or attempt to take his dog, the report said.

The other men involved have not been identified yet, deputies said.

Moore was taken to the Alachua County jail on one charge of robbery, the report said. He was being held at the Alachua County jail on Monday on $15,000 bond.

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