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Man arrested in home invasion near Bel Air

A Fountain Green area man has been arrested and charged with trying to break into a home in the same area Sunday morning.

Sean Michael Certeza, 24, of the 1800 block of Oxford Square, a street away from the home he allegedly tried to break into, got into a fight with the homeowner, sending the homeowner to the hospital.

Harford County sheriff's deputies were called at about 6:15 a.m. Sunday by a man who said another man, later identified as Certeza, broke into his home in the 1800 block of Glendale Lane in the Villages of Thomas Run neighborhood behind C. Milton Wright High School, according to Lt. Joe Van Seeters of the Harford County Sheriff's Office.

The man who lived there said his wife, who was in the living area of the home, told him she heard noises coming from the basement area. The man went back upstairs, grabbed a baseball bat then went outside to the back yard, where he confronted Certeza and hit him with the bat, according to a press release from the sheriff's office.

The homeowner and Certeza struggled on the ground and Certeza cut the homeowner with a box-style cutter in the back and shoulder, according to the release. He was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center in Bel Air by an ambulance from Bel Air Volunteer Fire Company.

Certeza left through the open fence and headed toward Centerville Square, according to the release.

Certeza, was arrested "as the result of information received from the community and a patrol deputy familiar with the Thomas Run neighborhood," according to a press release issued Tuesday.

During questioning by detectives. Certeza allegedly confessed to attempting to break into the home on Glendale Lane and assaulting the homeowner, according to the press release.

"A search warrant was obtained for Certeza's home on Oxford Square where additional items were recovered to link Certeza to the crime," the release said.

Certeza has been charged with attempted murder, first-degree burglary, first-degree assault and firearm use in a violent crime.

District Court Judge Mimi Cooper left his bail at $300,000 during a hearing in Bel Air Tuesday afternoon.

Cooper noted that Certeza had a previous trespassing case involving a different victim.

Public defender Bruce Andres said Certeza is unmarried, graduated from C. Milton Wright High School in 2006, has an associate's degree from Harford Community College and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in business at ITT Tech.

He also works for a home remodeling company and has lived in Harford County for 10 years after moving from Baltimore County, Andres said.

Certeza remained jailed at the Harford County Detention Center as of 6 p.m. Tuesday.

arford County Detention Center as of 6 p.m. Tuesday.

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