Two accused of invading elderly couple's home
Two men have been arrested for a May 29 home invasion in which an elderly couple was held at gunpoint and restrained with duct tape while the robbers hunted for loot.
Jonathan Barker, 21, of Zephyrhills was arrested Thursday on one count of home invasion robbery. He also had several outstanding local warrants, including a charge of lewd and lascivious behavior.
David Sanchez Jr., 17, was also charged Thursday in connection with the home invasion, although his specific charge was not available.
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office said the pair knocked on the door of a home at the Sandlewood Mobile Home Park, then pointed handguns at 86-year-old Ralph Prezioso when he answered the door. They made their way inside the home and found Prezioso's wife, Virginia, 77, asleep in a recliner, authorities said. The robbers put tape over the couple's mouths and told them to keep quiet while they stole cash and jewelry from the home.
Two teenagers face burglary charges
The Dade City Police Department arrested two 16-year-olds Thursday and charged them in a string of burglaries that involved Pasco Middle School, Pasco Elementary School, a private residence on Howard Avenue and a pet groomer's store.
Several items were taken in the burglaries, including two laptop computers from the schools.
After getting a tip that the burglars were attempting to dispose of the property, Detective Joe Conrad and Officer Christina Diaz arrested the two teens, whose names are being withheld because of their age.
The teens both confessed to all four burglaries as well as others committed in December. Both were charged with a total of seven felonies and one misdemeanor. Both were transported to the Juvenile Assessment Center in Land O'Lakes.