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Brooksville man holds ex’s dog for $30 ransom, police say


Published:   |   Updated: September 2, 2014 at 02:03 PM

BROOKSVILLE — A Brooksville man is accused of stealing his ex-girlfriend’s dog from her yard and threatening to kill the animal if the victim did not meet him alone and give him $30, a Hernando County Sheriff’s Office report states.

Omar Davontae Hawkins, of 12085 Stringer Road, Brooksville, was arrested Monday and charged with grand theft, records said.

The victim told a sheriff’s deputy that Hawkins sent her text messages saying that he took the dog. Hawkins wanted to meet her at Tom Varn Park, where he would return the dog, if the victim gave him $30, the report said.

A text message from Hawkins to the victim read: “if u try an come wit anyone ill kill her. Promise.,” the report states.

Hawkins was found walking with the dog on Daniel Avenue and Mildred Avenue, and said the dog belonged to him, although he had no paperwork to prove so, records said.

The victim provided copies of the dog’s license from Hernando Animal Services as well as adoption paperwork from Westside Animal Clinic and 24PetWatch, a company that monitors a microchip implanted in the animal, records show.

In March, Hawkins was arrested on a battery charge in Hernando, jail records show.

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