Detectives Make Arrest in Aggravated Assault and Discharging Firearm from Moving Vehicle Case

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Detectives Make Arrest in Aggravated Assault and Discharging Firearm from Moving Vehicle Case

by HCSO

On 07-26-17 just after 4:30 p.m., Hernando County deputies were dispatched to the area of Belmont Road in Spring Hill regarding shots fired from a vehicle.

Upon arrival, deputies met with a witness who observed a white Lincoln 4-door pass through the area. As the driver of the Lincoln passed through, someone inside the vehicle fired several shots from the moving vehicle. A total of eight 9mm shell casings were located in the roadway, within a 200 foot stretch.

Deputy Joe Merando quickly developed a lead in the case. Merando learned that Andre Waddy was actively trying to sell a 9mm handgun and an associate of Waddy's, Anthony Cusati, was recently observed driving a white Lincoln 4-door.

A short time later, Merando was advised that Waddy and Cusati (still in the Lincoln) were displaying a firearm in the parking lot of A to Z Discount Beverage on Deltona Boulevard. Merando located the vehicle and conducted a traffic stop. While speaking to the occupants of the vehicle, Merando detected the odor of marijuana. A search of the vehicle was conducted which resulted in the discovery of marijuana, paraphernalia, and a 9mm handgun.

Detective William Cooper was called in to assist with the investigation.

During questioning, Cusati admitted to shooting the firearm from the vehicle while on Belmont Road, "in order to blow off steam," as he was upset over a telephone conversation with his girlfriend.

In separate incidents involving Waddy and Cusati, Merando and Cooper learned Cusati committed an Aggravated Assault with the firearm by pointing it at Jordan Patascher, mistaking him for another individual. Waddy pointed the same firearm at Jamie Siciliano during the same time frame. Both incidents occurred in the parking lot of the A to Z Discount Beverage located on Deltona Boulevard. Both incidents were corroborated by four witnesses who were able to describe the firearm in detail.

Both individuals were placed under arrest and charged as follows:

* Anthony Vincent Cusati W/M DOB/03-01-1997
o Discharge Firearm in Public/From Moving Vehicle/Others w/in 1,000 Feet
o Carry Concealed Firearm
o Aggravated Assault
o Possession of Marijuana
o Possession of drug Paraphernalia
o Bond - $11,000

* Andre Earl Waddy B/M DOB/11-20-1993
o Convicted Felon in Possession of Firearm
o Aggravated Assault
o Possession of Marijuana
o Bond - $13,000.