PORT RICHEY — Deputies are searching for a man who they say helped Joe Gomes Reverdes attack two others during an attempted drug deal in July.
Reverdes, 28, and the unidentified man went to Jonathan Samuel Colon's home on Tyler Drive around 10 p.m. July 27 and tried to sell him cocaine, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.
When Colon, 21, refused, the unidentified man put him in a choke hold, then Reverdes pulled out a pocket knife and stabbed Colon twice in the back before knocking him unconscious by hitting his face with a shotgun, the report said.
A witness heard Colon's screams and ran to a room where he saw the unidentified man standing over Colon, now unconscious, the report said. Reverdes, also in the room, pointed the shotgun at the witness and ordered him to leave, the report said. He ran and called authorities.
Colon was taken to a hospital and was unable to speak to authorities for a few days, sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said Thursday. Colon was named in warrants on drug-related charges and turned himself in, Doll said. He was taken to the Land O'Lakes county jail Aug. 13 and released the next day. Afterward he and the witness identified Reverdes from a photo pack, authorities said.
Reverdes was arrested at his home on Ironbark Drive about 2:15 a.m. Thursday and charged with armed aggravated battery and armed aggravated assault. He was taken to Land O'Lakes jail. His wife, Jennifer Lorraine Reverdes, was charged with resisting arrest because she didn't tell deputies her husband was home when they asked for him.
Reverdes remained in jail Thursday on $300,000 bail; his wife was being held on $150 bail.
Anyone with information about the unidentified man is asked to call the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.