NEW PORT RICHEY
Man, 51, accused of beating his mother
Authorities say that Robert Ernest Catardi, 51, punched his 74-year-old mother several times in the face and then tried to strangle her with a necklace.
This happened a little after 8 p.m. Thursday at Catardi's home at 4460 Floramar Terrace, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. The mother had multiple bruises to her face and was flown to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg for treatment.
Catardi, who lists himself as a retired truck driver, was arrested on charges of battery on a person age 65 or older and felony battery. He was held at the Land O'Lakes Jail in lieu of $200,000 bail.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Babysitters arrested on theft charges
Two 20-year-old women are accused of stealing jewelry from a family for which they babysat, then pawning the items.
Kassie Lynn Benoit, of 3737 Ford St. in New Port Richey, and Jenna Carlo, of 5734 Greenwood Way in Holiday, took $300 worth of jewelry on Jan. 27 and Feb. 9, according to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.
The women pawned or sold the jewelry, including a sapphire and diamond ring, for which they received $25, to two different pawn shops, the report said.
The women were arrested Thursday afternoon at Benoit's home on charges of dealing in stolen property and grand theft. Carlo was held in lieu of $14,000 at the Land O'Lakes Jail, and Benoit was held in lieu of $9,000 bail.
Emotions blamed for 8-year-old's abuse
For an hour earlier this week, authorities say, an 8-year-old boy was hit and beaten with a belt all over his body. On Thursday, the Pasco County Sheriff's Office arrested Christopher Gilbert, 31, on charges of child abuse and tampering with a victim.
A witness told deputies Gilbert lost control of his emotions and began to hit the boy, whose relationship to Gilbert is withheld because of the nature of the allegations.
After Gilbert was arrested at a home in Holiday, he sat inside a deputy's patrol car and tapped on the window, putting his index finger over his mouth and gesturing to the boy to be quiet, the report said.
Gilbert, of 1421 Brightwell Drive in Holiday, was held in lieu of $10,000 bail at the Land O'Lakes Jail.
Friend charged in woman's robbery
A 19-year-old man was charged with robbery with a deadly weapon and after authorities say he held a knife to a friend's throat and stole $400 from her.
According to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Christopher Alexander went to visit Shauna Hogue on Sunday evening.
Alexander saw the cash sitting on an end table near the couch, the report said, so he put a knife to the left side of Hogue's throat, saying he was taking her money. Alexander told Hogue not to call the police, or else he would come back to shoot her and her friends, the report said.
Alexander fled, and deputies found him Thursday at his home at 39601 Kennedy Ave.
He was also arrested on other unrelated charges, and was held in lieu of $50,000 bail at the Land O'Lakes Jail.