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MAN ARRESTED WITH WEAPON AT DAY CARE

WESLEY CHAPEL

A 22-year-old man wandered into a day care Wednesday afternoon, screaming and ranting - and carrying a set of brass knuckles combined with a five-bladed knife, authorities said. Ottis Ryan, 22, rang the doorbell of the Little Pioneers Daycare Center at 6631 Boyette Road about 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Suspicious, employee Susan Singletary dialed 911 as she retreated into the day care. But Ryan followed her into the playroom. "Don't listen to God. He is not real. Listen to Allah," he yelled at Singletary and other employees, according to Pasco County Sheriff's Office spokesman Kevin Doll. "Don't feed those crying babies. Let them die. It is time." As Singletary blocked the entrance to the infant room, she asked him what he was carrying in his bookbag, hoping to distract him until authorities arrived. Ryan pulled out a combination brass knuckles-knife weapon, Doll said. By the time a deputy arrived, Ryan was on his knees, as if praying. "I am a supreme being, and I wanted to cleanse the babies," he told the deputy. "I am here through God." The deputy arrested Ryan, of 30718 Clearview Drive, and charged him with carrying a concealed weapon and armed trespass. He was being held at Land O'Lakes jail on $5,150 bail.

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Correction

Bridge games run from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the CARES Musunuru Center. A listing in Thursday's Fun and Games calendar gave the wrong time.

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