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Pasco man charged in second home invasion robbery

A man already in jail as the suspect of a violent robbery faces new charges from an almost identical home invasion the week before.

Alvin Laffette Wright, 24, was first arrested Nov. 29 after he walked into a house at 5851 High St., demanded prescription drugs and money from the couple living there, then beat them with the butt of a stolen semiautomatic pistol, according to New Port Richey Police.

When authorities tracked down the getaway car, Wright jumped out and led them on a foot chase before being arrested in a Port Richey neighborhood six miles north of the robbery, reports state.

Authorities later determined that before that crime, Wright robbed and beat another couple.

On Nov. 18, a report states, a woman was smoking a cigarette on her porch at the Windtree Apartments in Port Richey when Wright burst through one of the screen panels and attacked her, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. He forced her inside, threw her on the floor and demanded money and prescription drugs, the report states.

"Give me what I want!" Wright shouted and beat the man inside the house over the head with a pistol, the report states. He "took $150 cash, numerous prescription meds and a laptop computer," according to the report.

Wright, whose nickname is "Fat Boy," according to reports, has been in the Land O'Lakes jail since the Nov. 29 robbery. When details of the other attack emerged, authorities added new charges on Monday of home invasion robbery with a firearm and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon.

He remained in jail Tuesday afternoon in lieu of $355,150 bail.

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

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