From: Denise M. Moloney
Community/Media Relations Manager, 352-797-3609
Re: Brooksville Teen Charged with Attempted Murder
Date: January 29, 2020
On 01-25-2020, Hernando County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to a field in the 22000 block of Jacobson Road in Brooksville regarding an Injured Person. A third party caller advised the 9-1-1 operator there was a person down in the field, and the person was “covered in blood.”
Upon arrival, deputies located an adult victim suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The victim told deputies that his/her (victim’s identity protected by Marsy’s Law) vehicle was stolen by the suspect.
The victim was treated on scene by Hernando County Fire Rescue, then flown to a local trauma center where he/she underwent emergency life-saving procedures.
Once the victim was able to speak to detectives, he/she explained that he/she was shot by an acquaintance, after a drug-related dispute. The victim went on to say that he/she begged for his/her life and believed he/she was going to die.
The victim did assist detectives with identifying the individual who shot him/her. Detectives later located the 16-year-old suspect at his residence and placed him under arrest.
Detectives then obtained a search warrant for the suspect’s residence. During a search of the residence, detectives located several firearms and substances believed to be illegal narcotics.
Detectives also recovered the victim’s stolen vehicle.
The suspect, identified as Anthony Owens B/M DOB/07-14-2004, was transported to the juvenile detention facility in Ocala. Owens is charged as follows:
Robbery w/a Firearm
Fleeing and Eluding
The case is still very active. Additional charges may be forthcoming.
Contributed by the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.