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TPD arrests man suspected of lurking in South Tampa backyards, breaking into guest house

Posted at 11:20 PM, Feb 19, 2020

TAMPA, Fla. — The man seen jumping the fence to get into a home on Tuesday has been arrested.

A father in South Tampa captured some scary moments on his home surveillance camera Tuesday.

Video shows an unknown suspect jumping a fence to get onto the Hyde Park property, then walking in the man's backyard and eventually breaking into a guest house.

It happened in the middle of the afternoon when the victim's 5-year-old son and parents were just steps away inside.

"Our son plays back there. He was home from school so obviously there’s a concern for the safety of your family," said the homeowner, who asked ABC Action News to not release his identity. "He was [acting irrational] and I think that’s the primary concern is you don’t mess with crazy."

The suspect was later identified as 38-year-old Chas Carbonell was quickly taken into custody without incident.

Carbonell had been seen lurking in multiple properties from Hyde Park to Parkland Estates.

"This man should not have been in my backyard and I just screamed at him to get out of my yard," said Anneliese Meier, who came face-to-face with the intruder Tuesday afternoon.

Meier helps oversee the neighborhood watch program for Parkland Estates and posted a warning about her encounter on Nextdoor. She says while the man did not threaten her, but he did claim to be a tree trimmer.

"No I wasn’t buying that," said Meier. "He obviously was trying to break into somebody’s house. He would have broke into mine had I not been here."

Carbonell was arrested on Friday and was charged with burglary and petit theft.