PORT RICHEY, Fla - A Pasco County family is breathing a sign of relief following an early morning home invasion where their lives were threatened.
A 23-year-old Port Richey woman said she awoke to a stranger beating her husband early Wednesday morning. She says there were three other men in the house, all armed, who said they were going to kill the family, including the couple's three-month-old son.
It happened around 3:30 a.m. at a home off Gawain Road in Port Richey.
Wednesday, deputies captured three suspects, Steven Reverdes, 33, Michael Reverdes, 31, and Joseph Rich, 23. A fourth suspect, Joe Reverdes, 31, remained on the run Thursday morning.
The suspects targeted the house because they knew their was a large amount of money and prescription drugs inside, according to deputies.
The woman, who asked not to be identified, said her husband shot one of the suspects in the back.
According to the woman, one of the men kicked in the front door while the others used a crowbar to open the garage.
"They kept saying they were going to kill us," she said.
When the woman awoke, she said, a second suspect came into the bedroom and pistol whipped her. That is when the couple's baby began to cry.
The woman says the suspect who beat her told her to "shut her baby up" and pointed the gun at the child.
After she grabbed the baby, the woman says the men grabbed some prescription pills and took off.
The couple keeps a gun in the house but say it was not loaded. Unsure if the men were still around, the woman's husband loaded the gun.
Minutes later, the couple said one of the suspects came back into the home through the garage door.
"He said he wanted to kill us because we saw his face," she said.
The suspect, according to the couple, fired off three rounds into the house. That is when the woman's husband fired back, hitting one of the suspects in the back.
That suspect fell to the ground in the couple's garage and began crawling.
"They [the other suspects] tried dragging him but couldn't and left him," she said.
According to the couple, the suspect tried crawling under the couple's van to try and hide from police.
"He kept yelling for us to help him," the woman said.
That suspect, Steven Reverdes, is being treated at an area hospital for a gunshot wound.
The couple told ABC Action News they did not know the suspects but did see them hanging around their house about 12 hours earlier.
However, deputies say the family was associated with the suspects.
Deputies say the man and a grandmother who lived in the home had prescriptions for all the drugs found in the house. The homeowner will not be charged in the shooting.
"They've been in and out of jail for a long time," said Sheriff Chris Nocco of the suspects. "These are street thugs."
Nocco said the suspects made off with $1,600 and multiple prescription pills.
All three suspects are now charged with armed home invasion. Additional charges are expected, deputies say.
Anyone with information on Joe Reverdes' whereabouts can leave an anonymous tip on the PCSO website (http://pascosheriff.us/tips-reporting-procedure-2/ ) or call the Pasco Sheriff's Office Crime Tips Line at 1-800-706-2488, or contact Tampa Bay CrimeStoppers at 1-800-873-TIPS.