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Two held in home invasion of Clearwater man, 81

CLEARWATER — Two people were arrested after police say they attacked an 81-year-old man and robbed him of prescription drugs.

On Nov. 1 at almost 11 p.m., police say 21-year-old Jerald Lee Prater, of Pinellas Park, and Charles J. Corno, 29, of Clearwater, broke into the S Highland Avenue home of Clifford Wright and stole his prescription medication after a violent struggle.

Wright was injured when the men tried to strangle him with a rolled up T-shirt, police said, and was taken to a local hospital.

Police found Corno at the Pinellas County Jail on previous charges of dealing in stolen property. They were able to identify him because he was known to one of someone who once worked for Wright, police said. On Thursday police added charges of robbery and aggravated assault on an elderly person.

Detectives then tracked down the second suspect, who was taken into custody without incident. Prater also faces charges of robbery and aggravated assault on a person over 65.

Police say the suspects targeted Wright because they knew he had prescription medication.

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