The acting Port Richey mayor who was arrested yesterday on obstruction charges has bonded out of jail.
FDLE agents arrested 64-year-old Terrence Rowe on obstruction charges on Wednesday. Agents received information that Rowe was conspiring to interfere with an active criminal investigation.
Rowe began serving as acting mayor following the arrest of former mayor Dale Glen Massad.
Massad is facing charges of attempted homicide after he allegedly opened fire on a SWAT team trying to serve a search warrant at his home.
Massad, 68, was arrested on charges of practicing medicine without a license.
FDLE has confirmed Rowe’s charges are connected to Massad’s case. However, investigators would not elaborate on how they believe Rowe tried to interfere with the Massad investigation.
“Bottom line for this charge and this case is if you are not a witness or subject of any on-going active criminal investigation, I ask that you please don’t inject or insert yourself into one,” said FDLE special agent Mark Brutnell.
Rowe was arrested on obstruction of justice, conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice and use of two-way communication device to facilitate the commission of a crime. His bond was set at $15,000.
Port Richey city councilman Richard Bloom tells News Channel 8 he is “shocked and confused” by the news of his colleague’s arrest, adding he “doesn’t understand all this.”
Requests for comment from the rest of Port Richey’s city council were not returned Wednesday night.