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DNA on ski mask leads to arrest in Pasco home invasion

NEW PORT RICHEY — A ski mask left at the scene of a brutal home invasion in August led to the arrest Thursday of a teenager.

Authorities said they matched DNA evidence from the mask to Garrett "Dizzy" Worth, 19, of 8007 Mimosa Drive in the Jasmine Lakes community of Port Richey.

The crime happened just after midnight Aug. 31.

A 53-year-old man was in bed watching television when he heard his sliding window shatter, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. A cinder block slammed through the rear sliding glass window at his apartment at Ramey Storage on Ridge Road.

He later told deputies that two men wearing ski masks and black clothes tied his hands and wrapped him in a sheet.

One pointed a gun in his face.

They "demanded money, drugs and valuables," a report states.

The men took the few dollars the victim had in his wallet and his prescription pain medication, the report says. They beat him in the head with a blunt object — possibly a gun.

The victim told deputies he struggled with one of the men and pulled off his ski mask. The men left.

The victim managed to free himself and drove to a 7-Eleven on Rowan Road to call authorities. He was covered in blood, couldn't stand and kept asking to go home to check on his cat, the report says.

When asked by authorities if he knew his attackers, the man "hesitated and then did not answer," the report states.

He also did not answer when asked what type of pain medication he had in his house.

A helicopter took him to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg because of the severity of his injuries, the report states.

The walls, hallway, bathroom, bed and sheets in the victim's home were also smeared with blood, authorities said.

The mask the victim pulled off his attacker was found in the bathroom.

One intruder is still at large, said Kevin Doll, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.

Worth denied taking part in the crime, according to his arrest report.

He is charged with home invasion robbery with a weapon. He remained at the Pasco County jail in lieu of $150,000 bail Friday.

The victim's medical condition was not available. A report said he suffered "severe injuries to his face and torso" from the beating.

A manager at Ramey Storage said the victim moved out after the attack and said she doesn't know where is he living now.

Erin Sullivan can be reached at esullivan@sptimes.com or (727) 869-6229.

DNA on ski mask leads to arrest in Pasco home invasion 02/05/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 5, 2010 9:41pm]

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