Pasco fast-food manager found bound, ...

Pasco fast-food manager found bound, beaten in car near Ocala N...

There are 13 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Dec 7, 2007, titled Pasco fast-food manager found bound, beaten in car near Ocala N.... In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

Deputies in Lake and Pasco counties are investigating the abduction and assault of a 49-year-old McDonald's manager who was found bound and battered in her car.

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pat of cocoa

Gibsland, LA

#1 Dec 7, 2007
They should put him in jail for life when caught.

United States

#2 Dec 7, 2007
A tall man hiding in the back seat of a Malibu???Have you been in one?
A few cuts on the back of the neck? He tried to cut her throat?
I'm sorry, this doesn't sound right.

Since: Aug 07

B'More, MD and Lake County, FL

#3 Dec 7, 2007
A tall guy with red hair, a red beard and an orange sweatshirt was able to sit in the back seat of a Chevy Malibu for two blocks in the daylight without being detected? If you are over 5'5", it is very unlikely that you could hide in the back seat of a Malibu without being detected. Additionally, she claims that he tried to cut her throat with a bladed weapon. Does she have any defensive wounds on her arms or hands? If he tried to cut her throat, why did he not succeed? Why would he make her drive around for 140 miles and then take the money and bail out? Why not just take the money, take the car and leave her? I am not saying that she is a liar, but her story does have some weak spots in it.

Since: Aug 07

B'More, MD and Lake County, FL

#4 Dec 7, 2007
Channel 10 from Tampa is reporting that she told the police that she was carjacked. That is a lot different than what is reported in the Sentinel. Sounds like this might be unraveling more quickly than expected.

Palm Bay, FL

#5 Dec 7, 2007
Yes, one would think that as she was approaching her car to get in at the McDonalds, she would have noticed the orange of the guy's sweatshirt.

If nothing else, this story reinforces the advice to make sure your car doors are all locked before leaving.
just a thought


#6 Dec 7, 2007
isn;t it sad how sceptical we have all become. The woman may have been through hell and we are all wondering if she is telling the truth. Sad world we live in. I hope justice is served which ever way it goes.

Orlando, FL

#7 Dec 7, 2007
Sunrise that day in that town was 7:08 a.m. It's just barely getting light at that time. I think it's quite plausible to not see someone in the back, involved in one's routine, intent on getting to the bank quickly and back to work.

Boca Raton, FL

#8 Dec 7, 2007
many transients live in the ocala natl forrest. he probabley did take the deposit and then disappeared into the woods where it will be very difficult to find him among these s.c.u.m.b.a.g. losers who are using the natinal forrest to hide out from warrants and law enforcement. there have been numerous cases of this and even murders of innocent law abiding caampers using the park for the reasons it was intended for. there needs to be maximum # of days allowed to stay and more strigent background checks upon check in ie. run drivers liscense for warrants. unfortunatly you are dealing w/ an extremly large amt. of land w/ multiple entry/exit points. if you visit this area be very, very careful!

Apollo Beach, FL

#9 Dec 7, 2007
innocent until proven guilty.

If some one were hiding on the floor of your car would you see them, or do you check to see if it is ok before you drive away?

I don't. I hope she is innocent, but if not, I will not harm her reputation until it is proved to be true.

Her co-workers said they were worried about her because she was NEVER LATE. Sounds as though she was a reliable worker and they trusted her.
kev in scottsdale

Chandler, AZ

#10 Dec 7, 2007
i call B.S. i think see needed the extra cash to pay for a wii that's available on ebay for twice the msrp
Albert Einstein

Dallas, TX

#11 Dec 7, 2007
Me thinks perhaps the full and true story has not been told.
Grouchy Conservative

Orlando, FL

#12 Dec 7, 2007
Bill Foster:[to customer at WhammyBurger] How are you enjoying your meal?
[customer vomits onto tray]
Bill Foster:[to manager] I think we have a critic here! I don't think she likes the special sauce, Rick... That was a joke.

Auburn Hills, MI

#17 Dec 9, 2007
I can completely get her not knowing that there was someone in the back seat due to the time of day and the fact that she was comfortable in her routine and focused on the task at hand. As far as why didn't he just take the car...well, that would have made it possible for her to call the police right away and chances are he wouldn't have gotten far.

I happened to be on the dirt road that they found her on shortly after they discovered the car and that car was less than a block off of Hwy. 19. I TOTALLY think that this guy is either from around here or has been in this area of the Ocala National Forest before because it is quite desolate and unless you specifically wanted to be on that long barren stretch of hwy, the interstate would have been the ideal choice of travel. The K-9 dogs tracked his scent from the car directly back to 19 where they lost it. This either means that he had someone waiting there for him sitting in a car on 19 or else he hitchhiked and was picked up right there. If only Lake County would get this guys picture out there like Marion County did when that young couple was killed in the Forest last year then chances are they would at least make contact with the person that picked this sicko up. That is how Marion County S.O. got the kid who killed that couple so quickly, one of my nephews friends picked the guy up hitchhiking and took him into Ocala to find a motel and was able to take the police right to where he had dropped him off.

I pray that they get this freak and I hope that this lady is able to find peace in her life again. Happy Holidays All!

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