Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Suspect arrested in attempted home invasion in 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]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. 'Me too': Alyssa Milano urged assault victims to tweet in solidarity. The response was massive.

    Human Interest

    Actor Alyssa Milano took to Twitter on Sunday with an idea, suggested by a friend, she said.

    Within hours of Alyssa Milano’s tweet, tweets with the words “me too” began appearing. By 3 a.m. Monday, almost 200,000 metoo tweets were published by Twitter’s count.
  2. Tampa tax shelter schemer too fat for his prison term, attorney says


    TAMPA — A federal judge sentenced two Bay area men to prison terms last week for peddling an offshore tax shelter scheme that cost the IRS an estimated $10 million.

    Duane Crithfield and Stephen Donaldson Sr. were sentenced to prison after marketing a fraudulent offshore tax strategy known as a "Business Protection Plan" to medical practices, offering doctors and others coverage against unlikely events such as a kidnapping.

  3. Weinstein Co., overwhelmed by backlash, may be up for sale


    NEW YORK — The Weinstein Co., besieged by sexual harassment allegations against its namesake and co-founder, may be putting itself up for sale.

  4. Trial begins in 2014 death of 19-month-old Tampa girl


    TAMPA — Even before his trial officially began, Deandre Gilmore had planted his gaze on the floor of Judge Samantha Ward's courtroom Monday, taking a deep breath and shifting in his seat as a pool of 60 potential jurors learned of his charges.

  5. Rick Pitino officially fired by Louisville amid federal corruption probe


    In an expected move, the University of Louisville Athletic Association's Board of Directors on Monday voted unanimously to fire men's basketball coach Rick Pitino. The decision came 19 days after Louisville acknowledged that its men's basketball program was being investigated as part of a federal corruption probe and …

    In this Oct. 20, 2016, file photo, Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino reacts to a question during a press conference in Louisville, Ky. Louisville's Athletic Association on Monday officially fired Pitino, nearly three weeks after the school acknowledged that its men's basketball program is being investigated as part of a federal corruption probe. [AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File]