HUDSON – A group of teenagers broke into a Hudson church and caused thousands of dollars in damage last week, resulting in the arrest of one 16-year-old involved in the crime.
Xavier Kramer, 16, was arrested at approximately 3:07 p.m., Sept. 11, when he was located at home by Pasco County Sheriff’s Office deputies at 13033 Barney Drive, Hudson.
The vandalized location, Redeemer Community Church, is located at 12606 Shadow Ridge Blvd. According to police reports, Kramer and two others broke into the church and spray painted the interior, broke property and destroyed walls. Kramer’s fingerprints were lifted from the scene, leading to his arrest.
The two others suspected of committing the crime with Kramer had not been located as of press time.
Sheriff’s K9 team aids in arrest
NEW PORT RICHEY – Three suspects fleeing from New Port Richey Police officers into Hernando County were tracked down and arrested last week with the help of the Pasco Sheriff’s Office K-9 Unit.
Sheriff’s Office Special Operation Units were called to assist the New Port Richey Police Department in the early morning hours of Sept. 12. A vehicle pursuit led authorities from New Port Richey to Waterfall Drive in Hernando County. The fleeing vehicle crashed and the three suspects fled on foot. All three jumped into a nearby lake and separated in different directions.
Deputies boarded an airboat and the K-9 partner helped track the suspects before they entered the water and detained them without further incident.
Foliage and firearms
HOLIDAY – A man attempted to retrieve a house plant from his former residence was assaulted and threatened with a handgun by his former roommate last week.
According to police reports, the victim went to his former home at 3918 Sail Drive on the evening of Sept. 10 to pick up the plant. The victim told deputies he lived with the defendant at that address for four months. Once the victim got there, he said the defendant, 72-year-old William Bard Delange came out and pointed a revolver at him and demanded he leave the property. Delange is then accused of striking the victim twice on the left side of the face with the handgun, resulting in a bloody lip with two cuts on the inside of the lip and a chipped tooth.
Delange first denied hitting the victim with the revolver, but said he punched him twice. Later, however, he admitted to hitting the victim one time with the gun.
Delange was arrested on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated assault.