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Tip leads to arrest in 2011 robbery and beating of Holiday man

HOLIDAY — They came in the earliest hours of the morning. Two men in masks. One carried a crowbar.

They found the victim, a 57-year-old man, in his bed. They woke him up and bound his hands with tape. One of the masked men went for a safe on the floor. The other turned to the safe's owner and bludgeoned him in the head and upper body until he was unconscious.

They made off with jewelry, three handguns, a collection of $2 bills, a European coin collection and several other items. Pasco sheriff's deputies valued the loot at $20,000.

That was July 10.

Ten months later, detectives had their lead: An anonymous phone call listing all the stolen items. They were at the home of David Michael Hodierne, 26, the caller said. On a search warrant, a report states, deputies found all the items in a safe at Hodierne's house.

Two more witnesses came forward. They said Hodierne was a regular at April's Double D Saloon in Holiday. So was the victim. The night of the robbery, witnesses heard the victim's roommate bragging about the items in the victim's safe to people in the bar, the report says.

Deputies don't believe Hodierne knew the victim, said sheriff's spokesman Kevin Doll. He said the robbery was not believed to be drug-related.

The victim, whose name is not being released by the Times due to the nature of the crime, has since recovered, Doll said.

Deputies found Hodierne in his cell at the Pasco County jail after being arrested the day before for violation of probation on charges of driving with a suspended license and possession of paraphernalia. He was arrested again Thursday and charged with home invasion robbery. He remained in jail Friday on $150,000 bail.

The other suspect is still at large, Doll said.

Alex Orlando can be reached at or (727) 869-6247.

Tip leads to arrest in 2011 robbery and beating of Holiday man 04/27/12 [Last modified: Friday, April 27, 2012 8:54pm]
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