The next time a Wesley Chapel teenager thinks that her dad is still out fishing, she may want to give him a call before inviting her friends over.

Sometime during the afternoon of January 24, Leroy Trotz, 37, of 30677 Latourette Dr. in the Palm Cove development, came home from a morning fishing trip and found a 17-year-old boy hiding in a closet. The boy was visiting Trotz’s 16-year-old daughter.

“I told the boy (before) he was not allowed to come to my home to see my daughter,” Trotz told Pasco County Sheriff’s Office (PCSO) deputies.

The boy tried escaping through a bedroom window when Trotz found him, causing damage to a screen. That’s when Trotz attacked him a macheté.

According to the PCSO report, Trotz struck the boy multiple times with the macheté’s handle, causing him “great bodily harm by several lacerations and contusions.”

Once outside, Trotz also smashed the windshield of the boy’s white Honda, which was parked outside. The entire incident took place at Trotz’s Palm Cove home.

Trotz was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and criminal mischief resulting in damages of more than $200 but less than $1,000 to the Honda. He was released the following day by posting a $10,500 bond.


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