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Suspected mower thief charged with resisting arrest

Hernando Today
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 05:59 PM
SPRING HILL -

A deputy thought the man at the Amnesia Pub was the man authorities were looking for in relation to a grand theft case.

Based on the suspect's reaction and statements, the deputy guessed correctly.

Derrick Ortiz, 25, of 11202 Sedgefield Ave. in Spring Hill, was ultimately picked up on the grand theft warrant as well as an additional charge of resisting arrest without violence.

Hernando County Sheriff's Deputy Christopher Owens wrote in his affidavit that he noticed the suspect Wednesday while conducting a security check at the bar at 4245 Mariner Blvd.

Owens said the man "heightened" his suspicions when he left the premises on a bicycle through the parking lot, pedaled down Lamson Avenue and crossed Northcliffe Boulevard while ignoring the deputy's commands to stop.

Owens eventually caught up with Ortiz behind a gas station along Mariner Boulevard and ordered him to the ground, according to the deputy's affidavit.

Owens stated Ortiz told him, "I knew y'all were looking for me. I stole the lawn mower the other day. I've been on the run ever since."

The suspect was transported to the Hernando County Jail, booked shortly after midnight and held in lieu of $2,500 bail.

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