More arrests in teen’s assault

HOLIDAY – Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies made the final two of four arrests in a Feb. 20 robbery and assault that resulted in a 15-year Holiday teen being severely beaten.

Brothers Trenton Schreffler, 23, and Khristian Schreffler, 19, were arrested March 8 in Port Richey. Another brother, Justin Kane Schreffler, 24, was arrested March 2, three days after deputies arrested 21-year-old Austin Bryon Emanual.

The Schreffler brothers arrested March 8 are both Port Richey residents and listed as unemployed on their police reports. The arrests were made at 7221 San Moritz Dr.

The robbery and assault occurred around 6:10 p.m., Feb. 20, when the victim was walking on the sidewalk into the Colonial Hills neighborhood. When the victim turned onto Lofton Drive after noticing he was being followed, the Emanual, Schreffler and two of Schreffler’s brothers allegedly robbed the victim of his Nike backpack, Samsung Galaxy 8 cell phone and his leather wallet which contained his driver’s permit and a $10 bill.

The victim sustained serious injuries, including a gum-line fracture and getting three teeth knocked out.

A separate witness, who personally knows Emanuel, identified the defendant through video surveillance of the attack.

Shooting suspect sought

HOLIDAY – Pasco County Sheriff’s deputies continued their search for suspects involved in a drive-by shooting March 12 in Holiday.

The shooting occurred at about 9:10 p.m. on the 1900 block of Rally Lane. A 37-year-old male and his 11-year-old son sustained non-life-threatening injuries during the shooting. The father was shot in the back and the child’s foot was injured, though it’s not confirmed if the foot injury was from gunfire.

Images and a video of the suspected vehicle were captured by a home surveillance camera and authorities are seeking public assistance in identifying it. Surveillance footage can be viewed on the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page.

Information can be called into the Pasco Sheriff’s Office Crime Tips Line at 1-800-706-2488, reference case number 19-010659.

Man punches firefighter

PORT RICHEY – A Port Richey man is in custody after he reached into a Pasco Fire Rescue firetruck and punched the firefighter sitting in the driver’s seat.

According to police reports, Joshua Wayne Lyles, 29, of Port Richey, entered the driver’s side window of the firetruck on the evening of March 8 and punched firefighter Aric Nelson across his left jaw. Lyles attempted to flee the scene but was caught and held by firefighters until law enforcement arrived.

During an interview with Nelson, the firefighter stated that he was driving the firetruck south on Palm Avenue when Lyles stepped out into the middle of the road, causing Nelson to have to slam on the brakes. Nelson told interviewers Lyles appeared to become irritated and began hitting the firetruck before reaching inside and punching Nelson.

Lyles informed arresting officers he was high on marijuana but did not wish to speak further.

Man threatens child with sword

PORT RICHEY – Kenneth Joseph La Mella, 45, was arrested March 10 on child abuse and domestic aggravated assault after he allegedly swung a sword at a 10-year-old while also verbally threatening the child.

During interviews with deputies, the child said La Mella produced an approximately two-foot-long sword and was “intentionally swinging it within about two inches of his abdomen.” The victim said he told La Mella to stop but that did not work. The child said La Mella told him, “I’m going to cut your head off!”

La Mella told deputies he did unsheathe the sword but was standing about three feet away from the child. He also admitted to making the statement, but that he said it as a joke. La Mella said the child appeared scared and began crying.

The child’s mother said she found the child upset and crying in a bedroom and that La Mella was apologetic to her and the victim.

According to police reports, La Mellas “committed an intentional act that could reasonably be expected to result in physical or mental injury to a child,” and was placed under arrest.