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Date of Issue: October 01, 2008

Cortez man arrested for burglary, threats against girlfriend

Ray Allen Schwartz of Cortez was arrested Sept. 19 and charged with burglary after threatening to kill his ex-girlfriend.

According to Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports, Schwartz began banging on his ex-girlfriend’s door in the 7000 block of 15th Street East, Bradenton. When she and a friend did not open the door, he broke a front window to gain entry, stating he was going to kill her. She fled to a bathroom and locked the door.

Schwartz then left the scene in his car, deputies were called, and he was apprehended a short time later and taken to jail on charges of burglary to an occupied structure.

Mike Quinn, publisher of and news partner with The Islander, contributed to this report.