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Domestic violence suspect refuses to go quietly, New Port Richey police say

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 31-year-old man wanted on domestic battery charges was captured, but not without a fight, according to New Port Richey police.

Officers began looking for Anthony Dennis Rivaldo about 4 a.m. Wednesday after receiving a domestic violence call. Rivaldo fled his home at 7442 Chapel Ave. before police arrived, authorities said.

Police caught up to Rivaldo about four hours later after receiving a call that he had returned to the home, kicked down the door and stolen his girlfriend's cell phone.

Officers spotted Rivaldo near River Gulf Drive and James Clark Street and arrested him after a short foot chase, police said.

Officers who searched him found a plastic bag containing marijuana and a pipe, the police report said.

"As we were trying to get the defendant in the car he bent over and grabbed the bag of marijuana with his teeth and started eating it," Cpl. Erik Jay wrote in the report. As Jay snatched the bag out of Rivaldo's mouth, the report said, Rivaldo threatened to bite the officer's fingers off.

Rivaldo "did swallow a small amount of marijuana," Jay noted.

As officers forced him into the patrol car, Rivaldo spit at them, hitting Jay in the forehead, the report said. After he was restrained and placed in the car, Rivaldo kicked out the right rear window. Shards of shattered glass hit Jay's face and cut the arm of another officer, Lt. Steve Kostas.

Officers pulled him out of the car and put him in additional restraints, but Rivaldo kicked Jay's hand and tried to slip out of the restraints, the report said. After a struggle, Rivaldo was secured.

He went to a local hospital for treatment, then was booked at the Land O'Lakes Jail on charges of battery by strangulation, domestic battery, two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest with violence, tampering with evidence, obstructing police, criminal mischief and petty theft. He remained at the jail Thursday without bail.

Domestic violence suspect refuses to go quietly, New Port Richey police say 05/27/10 [Last modified: Thursday, May 27, 2010 9:44pm]

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