2 charged with burglary, battery in Northwest Bradenton

February 26, 2013 

MANATEE -- Two men were arrested on burglary charges after they beat a Northwest Bradenton resident late Monday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

A resident was in his home in the 5700 block of Second Avenue Northwest, when he noticed flashlights shining into his house from the back yard. He opened his back door and saw a man, later identified as Michael Costantino, 35, on his porch looking at a dirt bike while the second suspect, Nicholas Costantino, 24, was standing in the yard, according to a news release.

The victim and Michael Costantino got into an argument, and the victim went inside to get dressed. When he went back outside to see if the intruders had left, Michael Costantino confronted the victim again and slammed him into a neighbor's home, according to the sheriff's office. The victim was able to escape.

The victim called a neighbor to say he had been "jumped by five guys and beat up," and the neighbor called 911.

Responding deputies arrested the Costantinos, who face charges of burglary to an occupied dwelling with battery. They were in the Manatee County jail on bonds of $20,000 each.

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