Friday, January 19, 2018
Public safety

Search for girlfriend leads Hudson man to stranger's house

PORT RICHEY — Gregory Jerome Oras was arrested Friday afternoon after, deputies say, he went to a stranger's house, swung a knife at him, and then punched the man in the side of the head.

Russell Pascoe told deputies an unknown man — later identified as Oras — showed up at his Port Richey house looking for his own girlfriend. Pascoe told Oras he didn't know who Oras' girlfriend was and to leave, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states. He said Oras got mad, drew his knife and swung it at him.

When Pascoe turned to run back inside his home, he told deputies, Oras punched him in the side of the head. Pascoe turned back to fight and held Oras on the ground until deputies arrived.

Oras told deputies the situation was the other way around, that Pascoe attacked and he used the knife to defend himself.

Deputies arrested Oras, of Hudson, on charges of simple battery and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He remained in Land O'Lakes jail Tuesday in lieu of $5,500 bail.

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