Richard Ulrich entered his former employer's Spring Hill home Monday afternoon, brandishing a "stake-type" stick and threatening to kill the woman, according to a Hernando County Sheriff's Office news release.
According to the sheriff's office, Ulrich, 53, continually poked the victim — who feared for her life — and demanded $1,000 so he could leave the state. The release said the victim employed Ulrich a "few years ago."
The victim gave Ulrich the $18 she had in her purse, and later escaped after she persuaded Ulrich they needed to go to an ATM for more money.
Ulrich fled the scene, and was later arrested at his parent's Spring Hill home. When interviewed by a sheriff's detective, Ulrich said he had been drinking at a bar and decided to "intimidate the victim and scare her for firing him." He said though he did have the stick, he did not threaten to kill the woman, and he did not remember taking money from her.
Ulrich was given charges of home invasion and false imprisonment, and his bond was set at $100,000.
Jail records show Ulrich was arrested in 2011 for criminal mischief and drug possession.