Weapons Disturbance Call Leads to Arrest, Neighborhood Plagued with Criminal Activity
Violent crime continues to grow in one Spring Hill neighborhood, especially Bayside Court, which seems be the main artery of violence, drug abuse, burglaries and warrant arrests.
Since January of this year there have been 17 calls to service for the Sheriff’s Office along Bayside Court but just a few residences seem to stand out as the core of most criminal activity.
Deputies were called to 9553 Bayside Court this evening, after reports of a weapons disturbance in progress. Before arriving on scene Deputies were advised that a few of the subjects might be armed with baseball bats. The situation seemed to have calmed down upon their arrival but with only two deputies initially on scene the situation would have easily taken a turn for the worse.
After searching each subject for weapons and checking for outstanding warrants, one unlucky suspect found himself in handcuffs, after dispatch revealed a possible Violation of Probation warrant for felony grand theft. After it was confirmed, 25-year-old Johnathan Robert Burke of Weeki Wachee was taken into custody and transported to the Hernando County Jail.
Other suspects were allowed to leave the premises without further action.
Last week two armed suspects were arrested on nearby Ligonier Road, after they were involved in at least two drive-by shootings in the area of Bay Drive and Belmont Road. One of the shootings injured a juvenile but his injuries were not life-threatening.
Deputies say their trying to get a hold on the situation but with the growing methamphetamine, heroin and prescription pill epidemic, it seems to be a losing battle. And to top it off, a large number of the offenders belong to gangs and are career criminals.
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