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Man charged with burglary, assault

Citrus County sheriff's deputies arrested a 19-year-old Brooksville man early Monday on charges that he broke into a Homosassa residence and threatened to kill a man.

Jose Angel Ruiz was charged with burglary with assault, possession of a concealed firearm by a convicted felon and battery. He is held at the Citrus County Detention Facility in lieu of $75,000 bail.

According to a sheriff's report, Ruiz had argued earlier that night with a female acquaintance, a 23-year-old Brooksville woman who asked authorities not to release her name.

The woman left Ruiz in Brooksville and visited Rick Yearwood, 29, at his residence, 6146 Heritage Drive, Homosassa.

While in Homosassa, the report said, Ruiz broke into the home with the woman's mother and went into a bedroom where the woman and Yearwood were.

Yearwood told deputies he was asleep when Ruiz awakened him and said he was going to kill him, the report said.

When Ruiz grabbed the woman by the arm, the woman's mother intervened and told her daughter that Ruiz had a handgun, the report said. Ruiz and the woman stepped outside, the report said.

Ruiz continued to argue with the woman, grabbed her by the hair, threw her to the ground and told her that Yearwood "was going to have to die," the report said.

Yearwood, meanwhile, dialed 911.

Sheriff's deputies arrived at the residence and searched Ruiz, the report said. Deputies said they found a loaded .22-caliber semiautomatic weapon tucked Ruiz's waistband.

Yearwood told deputies he did not know Ruiz. A computer check revealed Ruiz is a convicted felon and is not supposed to have a handgun.

The woman's mother was not arrested.

In other police news:

+ A 45-year-old Inverness woman who was charged with breaking into a mobile home Tuesday morning was injured when a Citrus County sheriff's dog twice bit her when she refused to leave the residence, authorities say.

Maria Daniel Hardin, of 1108 Trail Ridge Ave., was held on charges of burglary of a dwelling and resisting a law enforcement officer without violence.

According to an Inverness Police Department report, at about 3 a.m. officers went to Leesons Lakeshore Mobile Home Park, 606 Conroy Ave., to investigate the reported burglary of an unoccupied mobile home.

Officers heard noise coming from inside the mobile home, the report said, and noted that both doors were locked but two windows had been broken.

A sheriff's deputy arrived with a dog and ordered whoever was inside to surrender. The person refused, the report said, and the dog was sent in.

Hardin was bitten twice by the dog, treated and released at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, then booked into the Citrus County Detention Facility where she is held in lieu of $5,500 bail.

+ Sheriff investigators have ruled that a fire that destroyed a mobile home at 11210 N Clamdigger Ter. in Inglis about 9 a.m. Tuesday was caused accidentally.

Two boys, ages 7 and 4, were playing with a cigarette lighter inside the home when a Barney doll accidentally caught fire in their room, according to a sheriff's report.

The fire quickly spread to their bed. The boy's mother and a friend tried to remove the bed from the residence but could not. Everyone managed to get out of the mobile home without injury before flames destroyed it.

The fire caused about $20,000 worth of damage, the report said, and the home was not insured. The American Red Cross is assisting the family.