Thursday, April 19, 2018
Public safety

Zephyrhills standoff ends in surrender, arrests after six hours

A nearly six-hour standoff Friday night in Zephyrhills ended uneventfully after three barricaded suspects surrendered around midnight. No shots were fired and no one was injured.

Another man had been taken into custody earlier in the evening, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. Investigators say the group was suspected in a violent Friday morning home invasion.

The four people arrested at 36440 Chancey Road were Jennifer Olen, 27; Stephen Bush, 37; Justin Nutter, 32; and Paul Quin, 47.

According to a report, four men wearing black masks, black clothes and black gloves broke into a Port Richey home around 4 a.m. and found its resident lying on a couch.

One of the intruders, described as a husky man, jumped on top of the man on the couch and beat him, authorities say. The resident cut his face on a pair of scissors during the scuffle.

Investigators say they believe Bush was the attacker.

The resident, whose hands and legs were tied behind his back, later saw Nutter's face when he took off his mask, a report said.

Nutter is dating the resident's ex-girlfriend, Olen, whom he also saw enter the house, a report said.

The man reported to deputies that the intruders stole $2,500, two video game consoles, a modem, a Movado watch, a stereo receiver, a DVD player, a DVR, a security system and a Dyson vacuum cleaner.

Detectives say Quin later confirmed the story and identified those involved during an interview.

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