PORT RICHEY — Michael Yates was inside his house about 4:30 p.m. Thursday and thinking he should take his dogs outside. He looked through the window to his backyard and saw a huge man approaching. He looked to be about 300 pounds, Yates thought. The man burst through Yates' wooden fence, smashing it, and kept running.
"Get your gun," Yates, 43, told his friend. Yates grabbed his shotgun and headed toward the door of his house at 9140 Hermitage Lane. He saw a New Port Richey police officer close on the suspect's heels.
"He was screaming at him to put his hands up," Yates said.
The officer tackled the man, Yates said, and asked Yates to call 911 for backup.
Authorities say Alvin Wright, 24, is a suspect in a home invasion robbery that happened earlier Thursday afternoon at 5851 High St. New Port Richey police Chief James Steffens said there are four suspects in the home invasion — two men and two women — and an officer saw a car matching the description of the suspects' vehicle. He tried to stop the vehicle, but it sped off, igniting a chase that wound north through the residential streets of Regency Park.
Steffens said it appears the woman driving the car let three of the suspects out before she stopped and was arrested. The three other suspects fled on foot, but were caught, Steffens said. He said no one was injured in the pursuit. One man had a gun in his hand while running from the officer, Steffens said, but threw it on the ground.
He said the four suspects will face numerous felony charges, including home invasion robbery and fleeing and eluding. He said the investigation is just beginning and had few details about the home invasion. He said the victims were traumatized.
"Now we are trying to put it all together," Steffens said.
One woman who was arrested was identified as Lisamarie Kane, the 23-year-old daughter of Lisa Stout — the owner of Lisa Stout Bail Bonds. When reached Thursday, Stout sounded distraught.
"I don't know what's going on," she said.
The names of the other two people arrested were not available Thursday evening.
Yates said he has been discouraged by the crime in his neighborhood for years, so he was not shocked by what happened. He said the suspects ran clutching fists of prescription pills, which sprayed through Yates' yard.
"With this neighborhood, it doesn't surprise me," Yates said. "That's why I have four dogs and a bunch of guns."
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