Published: Apr 20, 2011 4:22 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 20, 2011 1:22 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives arrested three men in connection with an armed robbery and severe beating of a man with a baseball bat in a Port Charlotte home March 13. Arrested were Zachery Carl Petersen, 30, Aaron William Hoste, 30, and Edwin Alfonso Williams, 31.

Detectives said there are conflicting statements as to how and why Petersen lured the victim to his home. When the victim arrived, there was no one in the home except Petersen. Moments later, two men wearing masks, gloves and dark clothing entered through a side door that Petersen unlocked. The two were later identified by detectives as Hoste who was armed with a gun and Williams with an aluminum baseball bat.

Hoste held the victim while Williams struck him on the side of his face with the bat and continued to strike the victim in the left forearm. Hoste held the victim and removed a cell phone, $102 in cash and a pack of cigarettes from his pockets. As the victim was blocking blows from the bat and struggling to get free, he pulled the mask off Hoste. Williams then took a full swing at the victim and Petersen broke the swing by grabbing the bat. The victim freed himself and ran out the front door pursued by Williams who chased him striking him in the back legs with the bat. The victim yelled “call the cops” which a neighbor did. Williams, still wearing his mask, ran back and smashed out a window on the victim’s pickup truck with the bat, and the two men fled.

When deputies arrived, EMS transported the victim to a hospital. During the investigation, detectives found a mask and glove inside Petersen’s home, and a plastic toy gun in the front yard that Hoste used. Petersen told detectives the motive for the armed robbery was for Hoste and Williams to come to his home and to take prescription Oxycodone pills from the victim but no one was supposed to be injured. The victim said Petersen called him and invited him to his home saying there was “hot chicks” to meet and they could smoke marijuana. When the victim arrived, Petersen texted Hoste and the two men then entered the house.

CCSO detectives charged Petersen, Hoste and Williams each with Armed Robbery and Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon. Williams also had two outstanding warrants for Failure to Appear, and Driving While License Suspended or Revoked. Petersen remains in jail on $50,000 bond; both Hoste and Williams remain in jail on no bond