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Pasco sheriff: Naked man broke into home, used rake in attack

Maurice Castanedo, 26, was arrested on a charge of burglary with aggravated battery, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. [PCSO]
Maurice Castanedo, 26, was arrested on a charge of burglary with aggravated battery, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. [PCSO]
Published Jun. 11, 2018

NEW PORT RICHEY — A 26-year-old man was naked when deputies said he broke into a home and fought with the residents on Friday evening.

Maurice Castanedo was arrested on a charge of burglary with aggravated battery, according to the Pasco County Sheriff's Office.

The incident took place at about 6 p.m. Friday in the 9000 block of Kiowa Drive, the arrest report said. The residents called to report that an unknown naked man had broken into the house.

Castanedo either opened or climbed over the back gate and then went through an unlocked door to enter the residence, deputies said.

He started yelling at the victim and "bowed up" as if to fight the occupants, the arrest report said.

A resident threw Castanedo out of the home. Castanedo grabbed a rake and struck the resident several times, deputies said, inflicting "minor" puncture wounds and breaking the rake into pieces.

The occupant then took a hammer from their pick-up truck, chased Castanedo down the driveway and struck him three times, deputies said.

A sheriff's dog tracked Castanedo down to nearby Pontiac Street, and he was arrested. He refused to answer deputies' questions, the report said.

Alcohol played a role in the incident, the arrest report said. Castanedo, of Pinellas Park, was being held Monday in the Pasco County jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.