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SARASOTA COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A North Port woman was shocked with a Taser and bound in her own home as a man that she knew and trusted ransacked her home for nearly eight hours.

“I didn’t know he had a drug problem. I didn’t know anything about his past at all,” recalled Mary Corbett.

Over the past few months, 70-year-old Mary Corbett offered odd jobs to her neighbor, Anthony ‘Snake’ Brigitzer. On Wednesday morning, he kindly asked her for a glass of water.

“I went to the kitchen to get the glass of water and he come up behind me like a bear hug and he started tasering me all over,” Corbett said as she held back tears.

“He says, ‘I’m gonna tell you something, I’m gonna tie you up, I’m on meth and I need money,’” she said.

She was in terror for the next seven hours.

“I was tied in a chair. Each one of my feet on the legs of the chair, my hands behind my back, around my chest, [he] stuck a rag in my mouth….I couldn’t really breathe. So I was so hot and sweating from the tape and everything, it started coming off so I just wiggled my lips enough to crack some air so I could breathe.”

Brigitzer told her he was high on meth and needed money for drugs. He ransacked her house and found her revolver.

“When he sat me in the corner…I knew he was gonna shoot me in the back of the head, that’s what I felt,” she said.

“I thought I was gonna die. The only thing that saved me was the grace of God. I prayed more than I ever prayed in my life,” Corbett added.

But, he didn’t. At around 4:30 p.m., he cut her loose and left.

“He said, ‘I’m leaving. You can call the police if you want to,’” she said.

Brigitzer was later arrested in Lee County.

Corbett is thankful to be alive and she has a warning.

“Beware of people that you really don’t know 100 percent…It could happen to anybody. It happened to me, and I never dreamed that it would happen to me in a million years, but it did.”

Corbett is going to spend some time with family.

Brigitzer has been charged with battery, grand theft and kidnapping.

He’s a convicted felon who was recently released from prison in August. He remains at the Sarasota County Jail on no bond.


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