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Spring Hill man accused of trying to break in air marshal's home

HUDSON — Richard Ware was watching TV at his home Monday morning when he saw a man walking in his yard. Then the man began picking and pulling at a window screen as if trying to get inside, authorities said.

Unbeknownst to the man, Ware, 44, is a federal air marshal. Ware went outside, identified himself as an air marshal and told the man to stop, he told deputies.

The man — later identified as Keith M. Griffin, an unemployed Spring Hill man who will turn 23 on Saturday — tried to walk away, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. A report said Griffin went toward his bike (later seized as evidence and valued at $1).

Ware shouted, "Stop, police!" He said Griffin turned toward him, but he couldn't see his hands. So Ware took his off-duty weapon out of its holster and steadied it at Griffin — pointing it in his direction, but at the ground. Griffin followed his commands as Ware's wife brought him his handcuffs. Ware handcuffed Griffin and waited for authorities to arrive.

Griffin told deputies he was in the yard to catch a duck. He said he sells the ducks at auctions for about $15. His plan, he said, was to catch the duck and then ride to a friend's house on his bike, holding the duck by its wings.

Griffin is charged with attempted burglary and is being held in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Spring Hill man accused of trying to break in air marshal's home 03/03/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 3, 2009 9:55pm]
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