A career criminal was arrested early Saturday morning following a standoff with Pasco County Sheriff's deputies that lasted almost 11 hours.
Ray Allen Charron was booked into the Land O' Lakes Detention Center on a variety of charges including strong-armed robbery. He is being held on a bond of $15,000.
The 37-year-old suspect has an extensive arrest record that goes back almost 20 years and includes three stints in the state prison system.
According to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report deputies responded to a stolen bicycle call near the intersection of Bell Lake and Padgett roads just after 2 p.m.
The victim told investigator that Charron pushed him off the bike and put it in the back of his truck. When a deputy attempted to question the suspect about the incident he was uncooperative and began to fight with him.
The deputy called for backup as Charron scurried up a nearby, 30-foot high tree. Negotiators and other Pasco County personnel responded to the scene and attempted to get the suspect to come down but he continued to refuse.
A large crowd gathered at the scene as flood lights were brought in to assist in the operation. Charron finally surrendered to deputies just before 1 a.m.
In addition to the robbery charge he is facing one count of resisting arrest and one count of battery on a law enforcement officer.
Charron's long list of priors includes charges of robbery, felony battery, operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver's license, domestic battery, criminal mischief and contempt of court.
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