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Four people arrested in suspected home invasion in Clearwater

Published Jul. 28, 2016

CLEARWATER — Four men burst into a home overnight and beat up a resident in an attempted robbery, according to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office.

Jake R. Bushy, 20; Michael Vitko, 20; Edward Bernard, 22; and James Ryan, 19, are accused of staging a home invasion on North Betty Lane about 3:30 a.m. Deputies said the men were in search of drugs and money.

They climbed in through a bedroom window, deputies said, and began assaulting the victim, whom authorities did not identify. The victim's father walked into the bedroom, deputies said, and the four young men ran away. Investigators quickly caught two of them and later found the others with help from a police dog.

The victim was being treated at a hospital overnight for minor injuries.

No further information was immediately available.