HUDSON — A pair of armed men didn't know what awaited them behind the locked door of the home they planned to rob. They didn't guess it was a man armed with nunchakus.
Ricardo Valera, 33, and Michael Snyder, 29, both of Hudson, prepared to rob a home on Flicker Lane just before 4 a.m. Monday, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.
Valera wore a black ski mask, Snyder a bandanna, deputies said. Both were armed. Valera carried a folding knife, and Snyder had a steel bat and handgun. The victims told deputies they feared for their lives.
A sheriff's report said the victims within the home armed themselves with a hunting knife and pair of nunchakus in self-defense.
The defendants fled upon seeing the victims' weapons, deputies said, hiding in the woods nearby.
The victims declined to comment or release their names. One victim did say, however, that he planned to fully cooperate with the court, as he was tired of such acts in his neighborhood.
Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said the case is still under investigation, as deputies have reason to suspect drugs were involved.
Valera and Snyder were arrested and charged with armed burglary and aggravated assault with intent to commit a felony. Both remained Tuesday in the Land O'Lakes Detention Center in lieu of $155,000 bail.