By Sean Bowes

A Wesley Chapel landscaper is behind bars after using his tools for something other than trimming trees.

According to the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO), Scott Robert Gilbreth, 50, who lists his job as a tree trimmer for The Tree Feller, a local tree removal and land clearing company, drove his work truck through the streets of the Angus Valley neighborhood in Wesley Chapel where he “raised hell.”

On January 2, Gilbreth, reportedly drove down Glenhaven Rd., which is near his home, and spotted a 25-year-old woman he recognized. According to the report, he yelled for the woman to get in the truck before a grabbing a chainsaw from the rear of the vehicle, threatened her with it and then used force to kidnap her. Gilbreth apparently believed the woman knew the whereabouts of a man he was looking for named “Bubby.”

It was then, officials say, he drove to the woman’s home at 26621 Glenwood Dr. Once they were in the driveway, the woman ran from the truck and entered the residence. He followed her into the home and grabbed a different woman, who was sleeping on a couch, and demanded to know where the other residents were, including Bubby.

According to one of the victims, Gilbreth then walked out of the house only to return with a bright-red, running chainsaw and put the women in “fear for their lives,” as he told them he was going to chop them up and throw them in the woods. While swinging the chainsaw, he also punched one of them in the face, the PCSO report said.

Gilbreth then turned the chainsaw off, threw it in the back of his truck and told the victims that he would return. Neighbors say that they saw his brown truck squealing tires around the neighborhood and driving “like a bat out of hell” when he left the house on Glenwood Dr.

By the time he had left, Gilbreth had pointed the running chainsaw at three people who lived at the house and two of their neighbors. The women he threatened with the saw ranged in age from 26 to 51.

Police believe that the “Bubby” Gilbreth was looking for is Paul Hook, Jr., who lists his residence at 26621 Glenwood Dr. Gilbreth claimed “Bubby” owed him money. But, Hook already had been in jail since December 27 on charges of grand theft and burglary and was not at the home when Gilbreth was there looking for him.

Gilbreth, of 6872 Angus Valley Dr., is being held at the Land O’ Lakes Jail. He was arrested the day after the events took place at the Glenwood Dr home. His charges include kidnapping and aggravated assault, battery, burglary and violation of probation for driving with a suspended driver’s license.

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