Squatter posted bond, returned to New Port Richey soldier's home - WSPA.com

Squatter posted bond, returned to New Port Richey soldier's home

Posted: Updated:
Pasco County Sheriff's deputies took suspected squatter Julio Ortiz into custody Monday morning. Pasco County Sheriff's deputies took suspected squatter Julio Ortiz into custody Monday morning.
NEW PORT RICHEY, FL (WFLA) - New Port Richey's infamous squatter posted his $5,000 bond Friday afternoon, and went right back to the scene of the crime.

Julio Ortiz was arrested Monday on a grand theft charge of stealing electricity at the soldier's home where he was squatting.

Neighbors called the Pasco County Sheriff's Office Friday night to report Ortiz and his friend were back at Spc. Michael Sharkey's house.

Sgt. Mike Jones said Ortiz was found at a neighbor's house. He and his friend were both issued trespass warnings.

8 On Your Side exposed Ortiz and his girlfriend living in the home without the soldier's permission for more than a year.

The stories outraged veterans and the community. Public pressure led the squatters to leave in the middle of the night last week.

Then, Duke Energy discovered the squatters had enjoyed more than free rent. Duke said they also stole thousands of dollars worth of electricity while they were there.

Ortiz' girlfriend, Fatima Cardoso, is still in the county jail and cannot yet post bond because her arrest was a violation of probation.

Copyright 2014 WFLA. All rights reserved.



  • Don't Miss ItMore>>

  • Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: August 11 - 16

    Restaurant Ratings Most Violations: August 11 - 16

    Friday, August 22 2014 12:57 PM EDT2014-08-22 16:57:41 GMT
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We've gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from August 11 to 16, 2014.
    Ever wonder what goes on in the kitchen of your favorite restaurants? We've gathered details about the Tampa Bay restaurants that received the most violations during inspections conducted from August 11 to 16, 2014.
  • Pet-friendly dating sites match up people, pooches

    Pet-friendly dating sites match up people, pooches

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:30 AM EDT2014-08-22 15:30:19 GMT
    You Must Love Dogs Dating.com Facebook photoYou Must Love Dogs Dating.com Facebook photo
    Sites like PetsDating.com and YouMustLoveDogsDating.com have found a new niche as singles flock to computers and smartphones to find relationships, connecting dog owners to potential mates who enjoy long walks in the dog park and slobbery canine kisses as much as they do.
    Sites like PetsDating.com and YouMustLoveDogsDating.com have found a new niche as singles flock to computers and smartphones to find relationships, connecting dog owners to potential mates who enjoy long walks in the dog park and slobbery canine kisses as much as they do.
  • 8 of the craziest fast food items

    8 of the craziest fast food items

    Friday, August 22 2014 9:50 AM EDT2014-08-22 13:50:18 GMT
    Sick of the old Big Mac or chicken nuggets here in the U.S.?
    Sick of the old Big Mac or chicken nuggets here in the U.S.?
  • Most Viewed Stories on WFLA.com

  • Squatter posted bond, returned to New Port Richey soldier's homeMore>>

  • SIDEBAR: Pasco soldier home squatters

    Tuesday, May 6 2014 1:59 PM EDT2014-05-06 17:59:26 GMT
    Sidebar: Pasco soldier home squatters
    Sidebar: Pasco soldier home squatters
  • Sign up for WFLA News Channel 8 Email Alerts

    * denotes required fields






    Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
  • Top StoriesTop StoriesMore>>

  • One Person Dead in Pelham Road Wreck

    One Person Dead in Pelham Road Wreck

    Saturday, August 23 2014 8:28 AM EDT2014-08-23 12:28:33 GMT
    The Greenville County Coroner's Office confirms one person is dead after a wreck in the 1700 block of Pelham Road Friday night.The Greenville County Coroner's Office confirms one person is dead after a wreck in the 1700 block of Pelham Road Friday night.
    The Greenville County Coroner's Office confirms one person is dead after a wreck in the 1700 block of Pelham Road Friday night.
    The Greenville County Coroner's Office confirms one person is dead after a wreck in the 1700 block of Pelham Road Friday night.

  • Memorial For Broome Students Held Friday Night

    Memorial For Broome Students Held Friday Night

    Friday, August 22 2014 11:06 PM EDT2014-08-23 03:06:08 GMT
    Principals, students and teachers at Broome High School held a memorial service for three students who have died within the past year.
    Principals, students and teachers at Broome High School held a memorial service for three students who have died within the past year.
  • Trooper Fired After Arrest Of NFL Player In Laurens Co.

    Trooper Fired After Arrest Of NFL Player In Laurens Co.

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:26 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:26:33 GMT
    S.C. Trooper L/Cpl. R.S. Salter who arrested Greenwood Native and now NFL player Sidney "Sam" Montgomery in the Upstate for speedingi in June in Laurens County has been fired.
    S.C. Trooper L/Cpl. R.S. Salter who arrested Greenwood Native and now NFL player Sidney "Sam" Montgomery in the Upstate for speedingi in June in Laurens County has been fired.
Powered by WorldNow

250 International Dr.
Spartanburg, S.C. 29303

Telephone: 864.576.7777
Fax: 864.587.5430
Email: webmaster@wspa.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.