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Land O'Lakes hostage situation ends with dad's arrest

LAND O'LAKES — Distraught over a pending divorce, Ernesto Resulta asked his wife to shoot him, according to the Sheriff's Office.

At 2:26 p.m. Sunday, Anatalia Resulta, 56, called for help and left their home at 3546 Pendleton Way.

She said her husband, a U.S. Army veteran who deputies say is a marksman, wasn't just suicidal. He also had guns.

Still at home were the couple's two sons, Dave, 22, and Dane, 27, who is autistic. According to the Sheriff's Office, as deputies headed to the home, Ernesto Resulta, 57, began to hold his two sons hostage at gunpoint.

Soon, the Sheriff's Office dispatched the SWAT team. For 11 hours, they negotiated with him.

Once the SWAT team got inside the house, it was about 2 a.m. on Monday. When they entered, Ernesto Resulta grabbed his autistic son by the neck and held a phone to his throat, deputies say, as if it were a weapon.

Authorities arrested Ernesto Resulta on two counts of false imprisonment and one count of abuse on a disabled adult.

He is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.

On Monday, court records show, his wife filed for a domestic violence injunction against him.

Camille C. Spencer can be reached at cspencer@sptimes.com or (813) 909-4609.

Land O'Lakes hostage situation ends with dad's arrest 02/16/09 [Last modified: Monday, February 16, 2009 10:37pm]

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