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Four arrested in attack, robbery of man in New Port Richey

NEW PORT RICHEY — Four men were arrested Thursday after police say they lured another man into a wooded area, attacked him and stole his wallet.

The victim told New Port Richey Police on Monday that a young man asked him to help find his bike in a wooded area near Indiana Avenue and Polk Street. Once in the trees, an arrest report says, the man and three others attacked the victim with a palm tree branch and punched him in the face. The report says the men stole the victim's wallet with $400 cash inside.

Witnesses told police that the men later bragged about the attack at a nearby convenience store and split the cash.

Those arrested on one count of armed robbery are: Manuel Aguirre, 18; Joshua Patrick Moore, 19; Larry Russell Hardy, 23; and Thomas Edward Herwander, 35. Aguirre admitted hitting the man, according to reports, while Moore "hinted" at his involvement and had an injured hand. Hardy and Herwander told police they were there but did not participate in the attack.

All were being held at the Pasco County jail Friday. Aguirre's bail is $150,000, the others' are $50,000.

Four arrested in attack, robbery of man in New Port Richey 12/23/11 [Last modified: Friday, December 23, 2011 12:31pm]
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