The Tampa Tribune from Tampa, Florida on September 22, 1989 · 24
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Friday, September 22, 1989
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4-B The Tampa Tribune, Friday, September 22, 19&9 Retired priest, woman latest to be victimized by bogus police By LEKAN OG UNTO YINBO and JIM SLOAN Tribune Staff Writers TAMPA At least one man, and possibly two, have joined the ranks of bogus police stopping and robbing area motorists. A retired priest and a 41-year-old woman are the latest victims. Sheriff's deputies Thursday night searched for a man driving a dark blue 1979 or 1980 Ford LTD with a revolving red light on the dashboard, after he robbed the woman on a north Hillsborough County road. The man stopped Patricia Trox-ell at 3:25 p.m. Thursday on an unnamed road between Tampa Palms Nursing Home and University Community Hospital, a Sheriffs Office spokesman said. The fake police officer flashed a silver star and picture identification. He said he was giving Troxell a ticket for making an illegal U-turn, Lt. Albert "A.J." White said. Slain clerk never to see 1st grandson By KEN KNIGHT Tribune Staff Writer TAMPA Eileen Carol Mangold longed to see her first grandson who was born nine days ago in Washington state. She knew she wouldn't be able to visit right away. So, the single mother, who worked two jobs to support herself and her 12-year-old son, crocheted several baby blankets and afghans and mailed them Saturday to her daughter, Cheryl Simpson, and her new grandson, Kirk. The items had not arrived by Wednesday morning when Mangold's partially clothed body was found in the woods just south of the Interstate 75 on-ramp at Gibsonton .Drive. She had been beaten to death. Mangold, 50, of 11112 Stafford Lane in Riverview, was abducted Tuesday night while working one of her two jobs, a mile from home at the Kangaroo Fuel Stop on U.S. Highway 301 South. Witnesses said she drove away from the store in her car honking the horn and screaming, "Help, it's a robbery. I'm being robbed. I'm being robbed." A blond-haired man was sitting at her side. Her body was found 14 hours .later. Thursday, Mangold's family gathered at her ex-husband's home in Balm to mourn. "She'll never be able to see her grandson," said Cheryl Simpson as she cuddled her newborn. "I spoke with her Friday," Simpson said. "She was so happy about becoming a grandmother." Mangold's daughter flew to Tampa Thursday to arrange for her mother to be cremated, a wish Mangold had committed her children to years ago. But without life insurance, Simpson said she's not sure how the family is going to pay for it Mangold's life revolved around her two daughters, Simpson, 25, and Lauri Neuburger, 30, and her 12-year-old son Henry. "She was very supportive of her children," Simpson said in a subdued tone. "At times, I think I took her love for granted. Last year, when I was going through a rough time, she was there for me." Simpson said her mother loved to work. By day, she worked with Kelly Services of Tampa and had' been assigned to a secretarial job at GTE. At 4:30 p.m. every day, Mangold began the night shift at the convenience store. Hillsborough County sheriffs Sgt. Bill Davis said an autopsy revealed that Mangold died of "blunt trauma" to the upper torso, but declined to elaborate. There was no sign that she had been raped, he said. Mangold's body was found nude from the waist up. Davis said investigators probing the crime are looking for a blond, curly haired white man about 6 feet tall weighing 200 pounds who they believe robbed the store and abducted Mangold. The man was wearing a T-shirt and blue jeans and had a "dirty appearance," he said. Deputies are also searching for a light-colored van seen speeding away east on Krycul Avenue, where Mangold's 1984 Ford LTD station wagon was abandoned. The rusting van has no back doors and a loud muffler. Davis said he had talked with Columbia County authorities who are investigating a similar clerk abduction. Wednesday night, the body of store clerk Darlene Messer, 36, of Lake City, was found In about 6 Inches of water under a bridge near Lake Butler. She was kidnapped Monday night from the convenience store, where she worked. The sergeant said the cases do not appear to be related. But, "We are not limiting the scope of our in-rvestlgatlon," Davjs said. 4 4 When he came up to me he said, 'Hey, bud.' He was very careless. I've been pulled over before. Policemen don't do that. He never even asked me for my driver's license. 99 Robert Castellano When she opened her purse to get her driver's license and insurance identification card, the man snatched the purse, jumped into his car and drove off. The suspect is white, in his mid-408 and about 5-foot-ll. He weighs about 220 pounds, has a pot belly and was wearing a white short-sleeve shirt and a tie. White said he didn't know if the robber was the same man who was bitten by a pet dog in an abortive robbery attempt late Wednesday. That phony cop, using a red light atop his late-model white Plymouth, stopped Robert Castellano, 49, about 11:45 p.m. as he was driving north . on Interstate 275 near Bearss Avenue. Castellano's Airedale terrier, Arrington, was in the seat beside him. When the impostor grabbed for a silver cross hanging from a chain around Castellano's neck, Arrington attacked, biting the bogus officer on the left hand. "I always go about 5 miles under (the speed limit)," said Castellano, a retired Eastern Rite Catholic priest who is confined to a wheelchair. "All of a sudden the red light goes on, and I thought, 'What have I done now?' "I started noticing how sloppy the man looked as soon as he got out of the car," he said. The man walked briskly to the car and leaned on the door, but before he could touch Castellano, the 212-year-old, 65-pound terrier bit his hand. Terrified, Castellano drove off, while the bogus officer ran back to his car. Castellano said he was suspicious of the man because he carried a gun in an old-style cavalry holster that has to be unbuttoned before the pistol can be taken out. "When he came up to me he said, 'Hey, bud.' He was very careless. I've been pulled over before. Policemen don't do that He never even asked me for my driver's license," Castellano said. The man is white, with a round face, a mustache and light brown hair. He weighs about 225 pounds and may be about 5-foot-9 to 6-foot-1, Castellano said, adding that the suspect was wearing a uniform with a light brown shirt over dark brown pants. The two incidents were the latest in a series of episodes of harassment by fictitious police officers. Two bogus-police robbers who terrorized eastern Hillsborough County motorists for three days did not reappear overnight Wednesday a sign, authorities said, that they realize the heat is on. "They are smart enough to know that they are running on a lucky streak and" sooner or later they are going to get caught" said sheriffs Capt. Robert DeLuna. Those bandits, using a flashing red light to pull over cars, robbed 10 motorists during the early morning hours Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Four victims were shot at, and two others reported being struck on the head with a revolver or shotgun. No robberies involving the black duo were reported Wednesday night or Thursday morning. "The publicity (about the robberies) had a lot to do with that," DeLuna said. "They also probably heard police talking back and forth about it on the radio." "We're not going to relax just because we didn't have any (more) robberies," sheriffs Capt Gary Terry said. Deputies have advised motorists to drive to a well-lighted, populated area before stopping if they are approached by a car with flashing lights. i Motorists should pull over only if the flashing lights are blue. 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