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Valentine's Day may not be all roses for this Fort Worth couple

Tracy Hollandsworth of Fort Worth is accused of assaulting her 77-year-old ex-boyfriend, Robert Taccia, whom a Florida newspaper once called "one of Central Florida's most notorious criminals."
Tracy Hollandsworth of Fort Worth is accused of assaulting her 77-year-old ex-boyfriend, Robert Taccia, whom a Florida newspaper once called "one of Central Florida's most notorious criminals." Fort Worth Jail

It may not be a happy Valentine's Day for Tracy Hollandsworth and her 77-year-old ex-boyfriend, Robert Taccia, once a "notorious" crime figure in Florida and Louisiana.

Hollandsworth, 44, was arrested Monday and accused of assaulting Taccia with a purse at his office after the two ended their relationship last week.

Hollandsworth was also booked into jail on a charge of possession of a controlled substance. Five white pills police say were alprazolam were found in her purse.

When he realized that his ex-girlfriend was being arrested, Taccia said he did not want to pursue charges, and he refused to fill out family violence forms. The packet was filled out by officers.

A few minutes later, Taccia, a convicted con man and drug dealer, was taken into custody as officers discovered he was wanted on a Class B misdemeanor warrant for an assault in Fort Worth.

According to a 1996 Orlando Sentinel story, Taccia has been convicted of arson and fraud in Fort Worth and of scamming investors out of almost $500,000 in Buffalo, N.Y.

The paper called Taccia "one of Central Florida's most notorious criminals."

A police incident report gave this brief account of the Monday incident:

Taccia and Hollandsworth had been together for two years and lived in the 6200 block of Westover Drive in Fort Worth.

Police responded to a domestic dispute call shortly after 10 a.m. at an office building in the 1500 block of Merrimac Circle.

Taccia told police that the couple had ended their relationship Feb. 5 but that she had been constantly harassing him, showing up at his office and spending the night there.

Taccia said that he had called the police to his office several times because of disturbances between them.

At 3 a.m., Taccia was at the office when Hollandsworth entered using a spare key and sprayed pepper spray in his eyes. She then helped him to a shower to wash it off. The two stayed in the office and Taccia told officers that she continued to harass him.

Hollandsworth left a few hours later but returned shortly after 10 a.m. She entered the office, started screaming at him and hit him over the head with her purse. She also began to destroy items in the office.

Taccia told police he called his lawyer and then 911. He told police that he grabbed her and held her down until police arrived.

Officers spoke to Hollandsworth, who police say made statements that did not make sense, such as "Taccia was the one who killed Pablo Escobar in Colombia," "He's killed 12 people by slitting their throats" and "Taccia has been on death row several times."

Police believe Hollandsworth was under the influence.

Taccia was sentenced to 12 years in prison in 1978 and a consecutive 15 years in 1980 for a cocaine conviction. He then accused a Florida state attorney of accepting bribes in 1980 and had legal troubles in Louisiana in the 1990s, according to the newspaper report.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr.

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