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Police: Florida homeowner with knife chases off an intruder with a gun

The homeowner confronted him when he was found hiding in a closet, the arrest affidavit states.
Credit: Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

BELLEAIR, Fla. — A gun-wielding man accused of breaking into a home ran away after he was confronted by a homeowner with a knife, an arrest affidavit states. 

Belleair police say Christopher Michael Castro, 45, broke into a home around 1:15 p.m. Thursday on Sunset Bay Drive. Officers claim he was armed with a handgun. 

According to an arrest affidavit, the homeowner found Castro hiding in a closet in a rear bedroom and told him to leave. Police say Castro became argumentative and pointed a gun at the homeowner.

That's when authorities say the homeowner pulled out a knife, and Castro ran away. Police say they later found the handgun nearby.

Castro was arrested Thursday and sent to the Pinellas County Jail. He faces armed burglary charges.

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