Man arrested, accused of beating former roommate with baseball bat

TAMPA - A man is in critical condition Sunday after he was seriously beaten, allegedly by his former roommate.

According to Hillsborough County Sheriff deputies, Omar Mahieddine, 30, had just moved out from a shared residence with Anthony Catalano, 31.

He had returned to the residence on Tanglewood Lane to pick up some personal items just before 12:30 a.m. Saturday night.

When Mahieddine walked through the door Catalano was there waiting for him with a baseball bat. He hit Mahieddine in the hand with the bat before the two got into an argument. Catalano began to hit his former roommate in the head with the bat causing life-threatening injuries.

When deputies arrived Mahieddine was taken to a nearby hospital where he is in critical condition. Catalano was arrested and booked into Orient Road Jail.

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