ENGLEWOOD, Fla.- An Englewood man has been arrested on warrants involving three different cases on a variety of charges including burglary, battery, theft, dealing in stolen property and cruelty to animals.
Richard Nathan Freshwater, 24, was taken into custody on Thursday in Sarasota County on the outstanding Charlotte County warrants. He was transferred to the Charlotte County Jail on Tuesday and booked on the charges. He is currently being held without bond.
According to the reports, Freshwater and Joseph Francis Brucker, 24, went to a home on Castleberry Terrace in Englewood around 6:00 p.m. on June 9 to ask about doing yard work. The resident told them she didn’t want any work done and closed the front door. The victim heard noises in her garage and looked out to see the two men loading her generator into their truck. When the victim confronted the men, they took the generator out of their truck and allegedly pushed the victim to the ground. Their truck was described as an older model small red pickup truck with a white tailgate.
In a second burglary investigation, a victim from the 6th Street area of Englewood reported that someone had entered his laundry room and removed a dryer. A neighbor told deputies she saw an older model pickup truck with a white tailgate drive by her house with nothing in the truck bed and then return a few minutes later with a dryer in the truck. The dryer was later recovered when witnesses reported that the men had sold them a dryer.
Detectives obtained warrants for both Freshwater and Brucker in these two cases on June 11. Brucker turned himself in on Thursday June 12 and is still being held without bond.
While deputies continued to look for Freshwater on these existing warrants, he allegedly got into a fight with a man at a Riverside Drive residence on June 23. The victim told deputies that Freshwater, who he personally knew, repeatedly struck him in the face. During the fight, Freshwater was allegedly armed with a pocket knife that he used to stab the victim’s dog.
The victim was transported to the hospital for treatment of his facial injuries and the dog was taken by Charlotte County Animal Control to a veterinarian for treatment. Both the victim and his dog survived their injuries. A third warrant for Freshwater was issued on Tuesday June 24 as a result of this incident.