Police: Burglar gets beaten with own bat after breaking into home


NORTH PORT, FL (WFLA) – A man who broke into a Florida home had to run away after he was beaten by his victims with his own weapon, North Port Police detectives said.

It happened last week in a home on Kenneth Street. Noah Dassat, 33, of California, broke into the home and attacked its occupants. Police said three children were in the home at the time of the break-in.

After the man of the house was hit, he managed to wrestle Dassat and put him in a ‘bear hug,’ detectives said. His wife grabbed Dassat’s bat and beat him with his own weapon.

Dassat escaped, running away from the house with significant injuries and without his hat and bat, according to police.

While investigating the case, NPPD was contacted about a man with head injuries at a Port Charlotte hospital. He matched the description of the suspect and was arrested.

He is in the Charlotte County jail. He’s being held without bond.

Sherri Mitchell lives across the street and said the family came over to tell her what happened. “They were terrified and they did what they could to protect the kids and themselves,” Mitchell told News Channel 8.

She looked at Dassat’s mug shot. “Well, I think he got pretty lucky. If he had stayed there any longer, you know, mamma bear takes care of her babies,” Mitchell said.

“Oh, it’s terrifying,” Mitchell added. “Could have been our house; could have been anyone. I think they took care of it.”

Another neighbor, Jim Joyce, watched it all unfold. “There was police everywhere looking for him and it went on for hours,” Joyce said.

“The guy’s got him held down, yup. That’s how we roll around here,” he added.

North Port police said the couple just wanted to protect their family.

“People will do what they have to do,” North Port Police Department Spokesman Josh Taylor said. “I can tell you what I’d do if someone broke into my house.”

News Channel 8 tried to talk with the victims, but they were too shaken up.What others are clicking on:

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