Suspected Serial Rapist Who Pretends to be Cop Arrested

handcuffsPasco Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a man possibly linked to three unsolved rapes from 2013 and to a rape that occurred this week. The suspect would use a fake badge pretending to be a police officer when targeting his victims. Detectives believe there could be other victims out there and this is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office immediately.

Per the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office: In the event you are being pulled over by an UNMARKED vehicle and you feel uncomfortable do not speed away. Instead proceed at or below the posted speed limit and call 9-1-1 immediately if you have a cell phone available to advise them of your exact location and that an unmarked vehicle is attempting to pull you over. The dispatcher will then validate the authenticity of the traffic stop. If you do not have a cell phone, please proceed to a well lit and/or populated area before pulling over. Again, do not speed, but proceed at or below the posted speed limit. In the event that you do pull over:

  • only roll your window down approximately two inches in order to engage in conversation and ask to see an officer’s/deputy’s credentials.
  • never change locations at the request of the law enforcement officer. A legitimate law enforcement officer will not ask or direct you to do this.
  • do not give your personal information/identification to anyone unless you are certain they are a certified/bona fide law enforcement officer.
  • do NOT step out of the safety of your vehicle if you are uncertain of the person’s identity who has pulled you over.
  • obtain a good vehicle description and/or tag number (without putting yourself in danger to do so). Remember cell phones have cameras!

Hernando County Booking Info for November 18, 2014

For more information search here:
http://www.hernandosheriff.org/jail/Applications/JailSearch

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DO NOT RELY on this information for legal purposes or to determine a person’s criminal record. This is simply the booking information for the Hernando County Detention Center. It does not reflect whether a person is innocent or guilty of the charges against them. Please contact the Clerk of the Circuit Court to obtain the final disposition of criminal charges.

Don’t Mess With Mama

1Joyce Holsopple was charged with domestic battery and admitted to being in a physical altercation with her daughter’s boyfriend who lives in the same household on November 18, 2014. The two had been in a verbal altercation and the boyfriend attempted to avoid Holsopple by going in another room to check on his son. When he returned to the common area of the house Hosopple confronted him and slapped him multiple times on the left side of his face. No injuries or marks were noted on the victim’s face. Holsopple was arrested and transported to the Hernando County Jail without incident where she is being held with no bond.

Man Wanted for Brooksville Shooting

whiteThe Hernando County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help locating Lenard White Jr. who is wanted for attempted murder and possession of a firearm by a felon after yesterday’s shooting in Brooksville. At approximately 3:09 p.m. on November 18, 2014 Hernando County deputies and fire/rescue personnel responded to the area of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Twigg
Street regarding a shooting. Initial reports indicated that one person was shot and was “down” in the area. Deputies arrived to locate a male victim suffering from at least one gunshot wound. The victim, Emmanuel Mobley, was treated on scene by Hernando County Fire/Rescue and promptly transported to a landing zone nearby to be airlifted to a bay area trauma center. Mobley had been involved in an altercation with White that turned physical. White ran to a nearby vehicle to retrieve a firearm and chased Mobley a short distance and shot him. Mobley was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital. If you have information on this crime or know the whereabouts of Lenard White Jr., please contact Detective Cole Brinson at 352-754-6830. Dial 9-1-1 for emergencies. If you would like to remain anonymous – Please call Hernando County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-990-TIPS (8477) or submit your tip via the internet at http://www.hernandosheriff.org/Tips. You will remain anonymous and also be eligible for a reward up to $1,000 cash!

Two Caught Stealing Copper Wire From Power Poles

12On November 13, 2014 the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office received a call advising that a silver pickup truck was possibly stealing copper wire from the power poles in Ridge Manor. A deputy found the truck backed up to a power pole on Cockleberry Drive approximately ¼ mile west of North Canal Drive with Cody Reffuse standing in the bed of the truck cutting the ground wire on the side of the power pole. The vehicle pulled out away from the pole as the deputy approached. When the deputy made contact with the driver, Timothy Harrelson, he stated that his vehicle was stuck in the ditch but Reffuse was lying down in the bed of the truck along with 73 feet and 6 inches of Number 4 copper wire. The two were arrested and charged with grand theft. Harrelson was also charged with driving on a suspended license. They admitted to stealing the wire to scrap for extra money. It will cost Withlacoochee River Electric approximately $3,400 to replace the wire.