Man charged with robbing two friends
Edward Lawrence Larson, 30, of Hudson was arrested Monday and accused of stealing $400 at knifepoint from two of his friends to pay his rent.
The two victims told Pasco sheriff's deputies they were parked near State Road 52 and Parkwood Street on Feb. 4 when Larson, a mutual friend, strolled up to talk with them, pulled out a knife and took their money.
Larson said he needed the money to pay his rent, then fled on foot, a Sheriff's Office report said.
A week later, Larson called the victims to make a deal: He'd repay the money if they wouldn't press charges against him, the sheriff's report said.
That didn't happen.
Larson was arrested Monday on several charges, including two counts of robbery with a deadly weapon and armed burglary.
He was held in the Land O'Lakes Jail in lieu of $457,500 bail.
Man pulled machete on wife, officials say
A 34-year-old Hudson man was arrested Monday night and accused of punching his wife in the mouth and threatening her with a 27-inch machete, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
An arrest report says the wife told Rigoberto Monserrate to leave the house after he punched her in the face. That's when he grabbed the machete and told her to "shut up," the report said.
Monserrate, who gives his occupation as a laborer, was charged with aggravated assault and domestic battery. He was held without bail in the Land O'Lakes Jail.
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Argument about money gets bloody
An argument about money on Monday morning ended with one man beating another with a piece of wood, authorities said.
A Sheriff's Office arrest reportsays Christopher Jay Perry, 46, beat another man so severely he needed stitches to his face.
The incident happened at a house on Lenox Drive in New Port Richey.
Perry told deputies the other man pushed him and that he retaliated, with the men wrestling on the ground. Perry was not injured, the report says.
Perry, who is listed as unemployed and from Hudson, was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery. He was held in Land O'Lakes Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
Neighbor is jailed in attacks on two people
Authorities say James Williams, 21, went over to his neighbor's yard Monday night and beat him with a metal bar and a hammer.
When the neighbor ran inside his home on Kanawha Lane, Williams followed and attacked another person — pushing over the victim's electric wheelchair, a Sheriff's Office report said.
Williams was arrested after he returned to his home on Petras Lane, about a quarter-mile from the victims' house.
He is charged with burglary with assault or battery and aggravated battery.
Williams was held in the Land O'Lakes Jail in lieu of $160,000 bail.