Sunday, July 22, 2018
Public safety

Pasco sheriff: Woman shot in Wesley Chapel home invasion (w/video)

WESLEY CHAPEL — A 31-year-old woman was shot in the head Tuesday night in what the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office is calling a home invasion committed by three men.

Cailtin Bariso, 31, was taken to a local hospital and was listed in critical condition Wednesday afternoon. During the investigation, deputies arrested her boyfriend, Luis Gustavo Bermudez, 26, on a charge of child neglect without injury.

The Sheriff’s Office said the shooting does not appear to be random, and deputies are searching for the three robbers. The agency released video footage of their vehicle seen driving away from 3817 Redwood Drive, where the shooting took place in Cypress Estates.

Neighbors said the shooting took place late Tuesday night, after children finished their Halloween trick-or-treating. William Hawkins, 81, said deputies asked for the footage from his home security camera from 10 to 11 p.m.

Deputies said the three men wore dark-colored sweat shirts and used bandanas to hide their faces. Jose Santana, 79, said he saw three men that matched the description outside his window after his dogs woke him up.

Bermudez was arrested Wednesday after deputies found "large quantities of marijuana and marijuana derivatives" in the home, according to the arrest report. The drugs were kept within view of two children ages 2 and 5, the report said, and that Bermudez smoked the drug near the children before the shooting took place. The report also said deputies found two loaded firearms without safety devices that the children could have found. He was being held in the Pasco County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Hawkins, a Cypress Estates resident for the past 15 years, said the house where the shooting took place was being rented out, in violation of homeowner’s association rules. Many neighbors said they did not know the current tenants, but said they had been there for at least a year.

Anyone with information about this incident, or the men and vehicle in the video, is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office at 1-800-706-2488.

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