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Tampa man jailed after ex-roommate is hit with baseball bat

TAMPA -- A Tampa man was arrested Saturday, accused of hitting his former roommate in the head with a baseball bat after the roommate returned Saturday to pick up personal belongings, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Last week Omar Santiago Mahieddine, 30, of Tampa moved out of the home at 8105 Tanglewood Lane, where Anthony Dominic Catalano, 31, also lived. Mahieddine returned at 12:30 p.m. Saturday to pick up items. He still had a key to the home and used it to get in. He was met by Catalano, who walked up to him with a wooden baseball bat, the Sheriff's Office said.

Authorities said the men began arguing and Catalano hit Mahieddine in the head with the bat. Deputies were called to the scene and found Mahieddine suffering from life-threatening injuries and Catalano waiting in the house, the Sheriff's Office said.

Mahieddine was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital and is in critical condition, the Sheriff's Office said. Deputies interviewed Catalano, who admitted to the offense, authorities said. He was arrested and taken to the Orient Road Jail. He was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

Tampa man jailed after ex-roommate is hit with baseball bat 04/26/14 [Last modified: Saturday, April 26, 2014 6:47pm]

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