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Botched drug deal led to beatdown, Pasco deputies say

LAND O'LAKES

Man is charged in baseball bat attack

On the afternoon of July 6, authorities said, Sammy De Jesus gave a woman money for oxycodone pills and, when she didn't come back from her dealer with them, went looking for her with a baseball bat.

About 10 that night, De Jesus and two masked accomplices found the woman inside Room 8 at Garland Motor Court, 4511 Land O'Lakes Blvd., and broke down the locked door, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states. A man with a broken arm was also in the room.

While the woman was held with her arms behind her back, the report says, De Jesus attacked the man with the baseball bat — swinging and striking him several times on the head and body.

Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said the woman was not injured. The trio stole the woman's cell phone and the man's prescription pills, Doll said.

De Jesus, 43, of 4815 Barchetta Drive in the Grand Oaks community of Land O'Lakes, was arrested Tuesday. He is charged with home invasion robbery with a weapon. De Jesus told authorities he works as a "paperboy" for the Tampa Tribune.

He remained Wednesday at the Pasco County jail with bail set at $150,000.

The victim was taken to a hospital with multiple injuries. His condition was not available Wednesday.

The two other suspects, who covered their faces with bandannas, are still at large.

Botched drug deal led to beatdown, Pasco deputies say 07/14/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 14, 2010 8:45pm]
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