• Convicted felon accused of attacking Mount Dora man days after release from prison


    MOUNT DORA, Fla. - A Mount Dora homeowner learned an intruder he fought off last month was actually released from prison days earlier on similar charges.

    Robert Ryon, who lives near Lincoln Avenue Community Park said the suspect, Christopher Porter, knocked on his door asking for money.

    Ryon said the community is close-knit, so he never hesitated to answer the door, but when did, he came face to face with the convicted felon.

    "(I) said, 'Hello sir. Good evening,'" said Ryon. "(He) kind of reached around in his pockets for something. Suddenly, he just reached up and grabbed my throat, shoved me back towards the door and said, 'Give me your wallet now or I'm going to kill you.'"

    Ryon said his instincts kicked in and he fought back, yelling to his wife to call 911.

    "The only thing I could think to do was grab his throat," said Ryon, which is what caused Porter to flee.

    Mount Dora said they finally tracked down the 32-year-old Porter on Wednesday.

    Channel 9 has learned Porter got out of state prison just days before the alleged attack at the Ryon residence. He had been locked up for five years after a 2008 home invasion and robbery.

    "He needs help. But he don't know how to ask. He won't ask," said Irvine Nesmith, Porter's friend.

    Nesmith told Channel 9 Porter is known to ask strangers for handouts.

    "He like to kinda like borrow money from people he don't know, you know what I mean? Stuff like that," said Nesmith.

    Porter is being held in the Lake County Jail on $100,000 bond.

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