Santa Cruz man beaten with his own bat after breaking into Florida family’s home

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) — A would-be robber armed with a baseball bat was taken by surprise when a man inside the house in Florida put him in a bear hug and his wife grabbed the bat and beat him.

Local media outlets report that 33-year-old Noah Jess Dassat of Santa Cruz, California, ran away from the home on June 23. But authorities caught up with him after they say he used a fake name while being treated for his injuries at a hospital.

He now faces charges of armed robbery, battery and criminal mischief.

According to North Port police, the couple and their three children were inside the home when Dassat broke in.

Dassat remains in the Charlotte County Jail on Florida’s west coast. Jail records don’t list an attorney.

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