Port Richey mayor appears before judge to face attempted murder charges

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Port Richey Mayor Dale Massad was in court Friday to face five charges of attempted murder, four counts of practicing medicine without a license and two counts of illegal use of a 2-way communication device.

Massad is accused of firing at SWAT deputies at his home early Thursday morning. The deputies were serving a warrant following an investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Authorities said he was practicing medicine without a license out of his home.

FDLE agents received information from the Port Richey Police Department that Massad, whose medical license was relinquished in 1992 in place of revocation, was still practicing medicine. 

Agents conducted a 4-month investigation and learned Massad had patients come to his home for various treatments.  He allegedly performed medical procedures at his residence, one of which required additional hospital treatment for the patient.

In light of his arrest, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Jimmy Patronis announced Thursday that he has directed his fraud detectives to investigate any alleged insurance fraud relating to Massad.

Sheriff Nocco described Massad as a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

“This suspect is a known drug user. This suspect had multiple weapons in their house, which is prevelant with what happened. This suspect made statements, he does not want to go back to jail. This suspect has a previous history of violence. That’s who we were dealing with today,” said Nocco. “I used to be up in DC area. They had Marion Barry up there. I mean this is Port Richey’s version. I mean an individual that you wouldn’t believe would be in office and this is what happens.”

No one at city hall could comment. 

Cindy Stark lives one block away from Massad and took cover in her home as the SWAT team entered Massad’s house Thursday morning on Hayward Lane. 

“I did hear I thought it was a gun shot. I seen [sic] the commotion. Was wondering what was going on,” Stark said. 

The mayor was seen with a gun. Sheriff Chris Nocco said he fired shots from inside of his home. 

“The suspect has been arrested. He shot at our members. He’s lucky he’s not dead,” he said.

Stark can’t believe it.

“We just need to be more diligent, background checks and who we’re voting into office,” she said.

After discussion with the arresting Special Agent, the arrestee’s flight risk has warranted the use of “high bond.”

Massad has no bond for the five attempted murder charges and has $60,000 bond for the other charges.

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