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Tampa man arrested twice in one day

In less than 24 hours, a Tampa man was arrested twice for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and detectives found an arsenal of weapons in his car and home, including firearms and ammunition, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

Eric Holtgard, 27, is being held in a Hillsborough County jail with no bail. He was also charged with possession of armor-piercing 50 caliber ammunition, the sheriff's office.

At 11:30 a.m. today, he was outside his mother's home at 3822 Buckingham Loop Drive, Valrico, wearing only boxer underwear and carrying a rifle with a scope, deputies said. He shouted at a lawn maintenance worker that he couldn't park his lawn truck in front of his home.

The lawn maintenance employee called the sheriff's office.

Deputies responded to the home and arrested Holtgard, who had been arrested Wednesday after he made threatening remarks at a car dealership and pointed a gun, the sheriff's office said.

Inside his mother's Valrico home, detectives found several assault rifles.

On Wednesday afternoon, Holtgard drove to the Rivard Buick-GMC, 9740 E, Adamo Dr., Tampa.

Holtgard, who has a concealed weapons permit, got out of his car and yelled at employees and customers at the dealership. He then took out a Glock .45 caliber handgun and pointed it at a dealership customer and threatened to kill him, the sheriff's office said.

When he saw deputies driving to the dealership, Holtgard drove off in his 2006 dark blue Scion, the sheriff's office said.

Deputies later located him at Lumsden and Lithia Pinecrest roads and he was arrested after the victims positively identified him, the sheriff's office said.

He posted bail at 2 a.m. Thursday.

In his Scion, detectives found a loaded assault rifle, two handguns, ballistic plates, ballistic ammunition and documents stating that he was exempt from government statutory law, the sheriff's office said.

In his Tampa Palms apartment, investigators found a tactical shotgun, Glock pistol and 32 magazines.

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