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Two suspects arrested in home invasion robbery


Two suspects arrested in home invasion

Two people — a 17-year-old and a 21-year-old — have been arrested and charged in the May 29 home invasion that targeted an elderly couple. The couple was held at gunpoint and restrained with duct tape while the two robbers hunted for loot. Pasco sheriff's Detective Zak Arey arrested David Sanchez, 17, just before noon Thursday at the county's juvenile detention center, where he was being held on unrelated charges. Detectives earlier arrested Jonathan Barker and charged him with one count of armed home invasion robbery. Barker, 21, was also held on several outstanding local warrants, including a charge of lewd and lascivious behavior. Investigators believe Barker and Sanchez robbed the couple at their home in Sandlewood Mobile Home Park. In the attack, deputies said 86-year-old Ralph Prezioso answered a knock on his door and found two people aiming handguns at him. Authorities said the armed pair made their way into the home and found Prezioso's wife, Virginia, 77, asleep in a recliner. The men put tape over their mouths and told them to keep quiet while they stole cash and jewelry from the residence.


Two teens held in string of burglaries

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 residence on Howard Avenue and a pet groomer's store. Items taken in the burglaries included 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. The juveniles 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.


Grand Blvd. is site of DUI checkpoint

New Port Richey police and the Pasco County Sheriff's Office will operate a DUI checkpoint today from 10 p.m. to midnight on Grand Boulevard, just south of Marine Parkway.

Pasco deaths

Cornacchia, Edna

Covert, Frederick M. "Fred"

Follett, Mary

Griffin, Maryann

Rogers, Linda M.

Schmidt, Eleanor A.

Seaver, James

Thomas, Judith Loraine

Verret, Gayle

Warren, Coleen

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Two suspects arrested in home invasion robbery 06/12/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 11:39am]
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