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Suspect arrested in attempted home invasion in Port Richey

PORT RICHEY

Man shot, arrested in break-in attempt

Two men tried to break into a man's home last month, prompting the homeowner to shoot at them, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.

Tony Vazquez, 20, one of the two men accused in the May 22 incident, was arrested Thursday on a charge of attempted home invasion. Vazquez, of Holiday, remained Friday in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $75,000 bail. The second suspect remains at large.

Authorities say Vazquez and his accomplice tried to break into a home on Penwood Drive, kicking in a glass sliding door and exchanging obscenities with the homeowner, Ronald Rinaldi. Rinaldi told deputies he retrieved a .32 caliber handgun from his bedroom, and his dog chased the suspects out the broken door. Rinaldi told deputies he fired at the suspects as they jumped his fence, according to the sheriff's report.

Rinaldi pursued the men on the street before the sheriff's dispatch told him to return home.

In an interview Thursday with a deputy, Vazquez admitted going to Rinaldi's home because of a dispute with Rinaldi's son, the report said. He said the gunshot struck him on his inner right ankle, and he had to be treated at Mease Dunedin Hospital.

Sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll said it would be up to the state attorney's office to decide whether Rinaldi would face any charges for firing at the fleeing intruders, but he noted a man has a right to defend himself in his home.

Suspect arrested in attempted home invasion in Port Richey 06/08/12 [Last modified: Friday, June 8, 2012 9:09pm]
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