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Police: Man Stabs Door, Refuses to Leave

A Largo man was arrested Jan. 28 and charged with burglary with aggravated assault.

A Largo man is accused of refusing to leave and stabbing the door of a Largo residence several times Jan. 28, according to a Largo Police report.

Richard Thomas Bracey, 19, was visiting a woman when she allegedly asked him to "leave the residence due to him becoming 'threatening' per the victim," police said.

According to the arrest affidavit, Bracey refused to leave even "after being asked more than 20 times" by the woman. He eventually left but stayed on the door step and kept the victim from shutting door, authorities said.

Then Bracey allegedly "pulled out a pocket knife and began to scratch and stab the door several times. (Bracey) then forced his way past the victim into the residence and again refused to leave," according to the report.

According to the arrest affidavit, "while inside (Bracey) continued to displayed (sic) the knife as well as poke at the victim with it open."

Bracey reportedly fled the residence when the police were called but tried to return until he noticed they had arrived.

Bracey was arrested and charged with burglary with aggravated assault. He was awaiting trial in the Pinellas County Jail as of Jan. 28 on a total bond of $150,000, according to online sheriff's records.

A pocket knife was seized, and there was an indication of the influence of alcohol, police report.

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