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Pinellas deputies: Drunken man wants to visit grandfather, enters wrong house

PALM HARBOR — A man who said he intended to visit his grandfather was jailed Saturday after authorities say he instead forced his way into a stranger's home and fought two people who tried to send him on his way.

Pinellas County deputies say Travis Edward Connelly, 22, was drunk when he broke into the Snowy Egret Court residence about a half-mile from his own Clubside Court apartment around 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

Once inside, an arrest affidavit says, Connelly began shoving a 68-year-old neighbor who rushed to the 92-year-old homeowner's aid. A deputy wrote in his report that Connelly then ignored the law officer's commands to stop and had to be wrestled to the ground and handcuffed.

Connelly, the report said, threatened to hunt down, kill and "take (the deputy's) freedom away." His legs were tied after he tried to kick out the patrol car's windows, authorities said.

Connelly, identified in the report as member of the U.S. Army, was booked into the Pinellas County Jail on a misdemeanor count of disorderly intoxication.

Jail records show he was released Sunday.

Pinellas deputies: Drunken man wants to visit grandfather, enters wrong house 12/23/12 [Last modified: Sunday, December 23, 2012 9:39pm]
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