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Teen girl arrested in May 22 home invasion

SPRING HILL — Police have arrested one of two suspects in the robbery of a 93-year-old man at his Spring Hill home two weeks ago.

Natasha Raiola, 15, of Spring Hill was taken into custody early Saturday morning and charged with home invasion. She was arrested at the Hernando County Sheriff's Office and taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice holding facility in Ocala.

An unidentified male suspect remains at large, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Police identified Raiola, who once attended Springstead High but was being homeschooled more recently, as one of the suspects in the May 22 robbery at a home on Lodge Circle, near Kass Circle.

Raiola and the unidentified male entered the home of James Moran about 9:30 p.m., according to the sheriff's report. The male then pointed a black handgun at the elderly man's head while Raiola went into his bedroom and took about $400, the report said.

After leaving the home, the male intruder used Moran's keys to take his 2007 Toyota Corolla. The pair fled the scene in the Corolla, the report said.

Moran said Monday he didn't yet know there had been an arrest in connection with the robbery but he was happy to hear that at least one of the suspects was behind bars.

"That's real good," Moran said.

The Sheriff's Office released few details about the male intruder or how they managed to apprehend Raiola, saying the investigation is ongoing. The teen has already admitted to committing the robbery, according to the report.

But Raiola has contributed little to detectives' efforts to track down the other robber, said Sgt. Donna Black, spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Office.

"The detectives are still in the process of developing other leads to follow up on," Black said. "But (Raiola) has not cooperated that much with the detectives."

Anyone with information is asked to call Hernando County Crime Stoppers toll-free at 1-866-990-8477. Authorities are offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information.

Joel Anderson can be reached at joelanderson@sptimes.com or (352) 754-6120.

Teen girl arrested in May 22 home invasion 06/09/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 11, 2008 4:25pm]
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