Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Machete-wielding woman chased assailants in Spring Hill, authorities say

SPRING HILL — Two Spring Hill men who tried to get into a young woman's window early Saturday began attacking the woman's father when he tried to chase them away, according to an arrest report.

But the two men were forced to run off when the man's wife threatened to hit them with a machete, a Hernando County sheriff's report states.

Ryan Benevento, 20, and Matthew Strunk, 22, were outside the Collins Road home about 3 a.m. knocking on the window of the victim's daughter, who asked them numerous times to leave, the report states.

When the victim confronted the two men outside, they began beating him and forced their way into the house, the report states.

As the two were punching and kicking the man, the man's wife grabbed one of them by his long hair, pulled him away from her husband and threatened him with a machete.

As the woman chased them, Benevento and Strunk ran from the house, where they were soon arrested on charges of burglary and battery, authorities said.

Machete-wielding woman chased assailants in Spring Hill, authorities say 10/25/10 [Last modified: Monday, October 25, 2010 3:09pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Lightning journal: Plans set for 25th anniversary celebration

    Lightning Strikes

    CHICAGO — The Lightning revealed some of its plans for its 25th anniversary season Friday, including a ceremony to honor the 2004 Stanley Cup team.

    PHILADELPHIA, PA - JUNE 27:  Anthony DeAngelo of the Tampa Bay Lightning poses for a portrait during the 2014 NHL Draft at the Wells Fargo Center on June 27, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
  2. Lightning picks defenseman Cal Foote


    While the Lightning is still trying to bolster its blueline via trade, it selected a big, right shot defenseman Cal Foote at No. 14 overall Friday in the NHL Draft.

    Cal Foote is the son of former Avs defenseman Adam Foote.
  3. Kids today: They don't work summer jobs the way they used to


    WASHINGTON — It was at Oregon's Timberline Lodge, later known as a setting in the horror movie The Shining, where Patrick Doyle earned his first real paycheck.

    Teens Ben Testa, from left, Hannah Waring and Abby McDonough, and Wegmeyer Farms owner Tyler Wegmeyer walk the strawberry rows at the Hamilton, Va., farm in late May.
  4. Jeb Bush back in the hunt for the Marlins, now opposing Derek Jeter


    Associated Press:

    Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has switched sides in pursuit of the Miami Marlins, and he’s trying to beat out former teammate Derek Jeter.

  5. The Lightning's 2017-18 road jersey