Kathleen Bodrato

Boca Raton Woman Pulls Gun On Former Israeli Defense Force Soldier

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Kathleen Bodrato Now Faces False Imprisonment, Aggravated Assault Charges.

Kathleen Bodrato, Courtesy Palm Beach County Jail.

BY: STAFF REPORT | BocaNewsNow.com

BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Copyright © 2021 MetroDesk Media, LLC) — A Boca Raton woman was allegedly held at gun point by her roommate after revealing that she planned to move out. The victim, a former member of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF), told police she knew the gun was real from her military training.

Kathleen Bodrato, 47, originally from Inglewood, NJ, is charged with false imprisonment and aggravated assault with a firearm. She was jailed Monday and released Tuesday on $40,000 bond.

This is the narrative from Boca Raton Police. We have edited and redacted just slightly for clarity.

“On June 21, 2021 at approximately 0300 hours, I was called out for an aggravated assault with a firearm investigation that occurred at 33. E. Camino Real Boca Raton. I spoke with the initial officers who were dispatched after [the victim] relayed that her roommate Kathleen “Katrina” Bodrato, pointed a gun at her. [The victim] advised that she recently informed Bodrato, whom she has been living with for the past several months, that she would likely be moving out soon. [The victim] stated that ever since she informed Bodrato of this news, Bodrato has been acting awkward towards her. Otherwise, [the victim] explained, they have not had any issues up until this evening. [The victim] stated that she had been on the phone with a friend at approximately 2230 hours when she heard what sounded like things being thrown around the house right outside of her door from her.”

“[The victim] said that she became concerned that something might have happened to Bodrato, so she opened her door and found Bodrato standing there with a black pistol pointed at her. [The victim] explained that she knew it was a real firearm as she was previously in the military in Israel. Further, she had spoken with Bodrato in the past about Bodrato owning a firearm. [The victim] said that Bodrato told her she needed to get out of the apartment and threatened to shoot her. [The victim] also added that she pulled the trigger once or twice and she heard an audible click. Bodrato then began walking towards [the victim] so [the victim] backed into her room and locked the door. [The victim] requested Bodrato give her five minutes to gather her belongings from her and leave. [The victim] said she could hear Bodrato attempting to open a bathroom door that leads to her bedroom but she knew it was locked from the inside. Bodrato then told [the victim] that if she opened the door, she would blast her. [The victim] explained that she did not call police initially because she was in a panic and just wanted to get out.”

According to the victim, Bodrato physically assaulted her as she attempted to leave the apartment. Again, from the police report: “Bodrato pushed her up against the door and placed the muzzle of the firearm to her right temple and pulled the trigger twice, such that she could hear two audible clicks.”

“It should be noted that in September 2020, Boca Raton Police Department personnel responded to the aforementioned address in relation to a civil assist and discovered a Sig Sauer P229 on Bodrato`s nightstand. A cursory search of Sig Sauer P229 pistols reveal that they are double / single action pistols, which would allow a user to puil the trigger twice on an empty firearm and cause two successive “clicks.” This is contrasted with other semiautomatic pistols that would only allow for one audible click on an empty chamber when pulling the trigger.”

“After hearing two audible clicks, [the victim] dropped her belongings from her, including her phone, and left the area in her vehicle. She drove to her friend’s apartment in northeast Boca Raton and explained the situation. After doing so, they both drove back down to her apartment in separate cars. During this time, [the friend] called police and she made contact with Boca Raton Police personnel outside to the entrance of her apartment. I also spoke with [the friend], who advised that he was awoken in the middle of the night by [the victim], who stated that “Katrina” had just pulled a gun on her. [The friend] then texted Bodrato that she had made a “big f-ing mistake.” Bodrato then responded with a series of text messages, including: “Okay,” “Bring it,”, “Attention Seeking,” “If I die you know,” “I`m not taking sh-t,”, “Waiting,” ” Piece of f—k, “” Line crossing, “and” Hope it’s worth it. ” [The friend] then drove back to [Katrina and the victim’s] apartment complex in separate vehicles and contacted 911.”

“Bodrato has since refused to answer the door or answer her phone, which has since been shut off. Based upon the foregoing, I believe there is probable cause to request an arrest warrant for Kathleen Bodrato for Aggravated Assault With a Firearm and False Imprisonment in accordance with F.S.s. 784.021 (la) and 787.02 (2), respectively.”

“First, [the victim’s] statement and actions during and immediately after the incident are consistent with someone who has experienced an event similar to the one described above. [the victim] abandoned her belongings, including her phone, in an effort to remove herself from the home. In addition, her initial statement [to her friend] immediately after the event that Bodrato pulled a gun lends credence to the veracity of her statement of her. Finally, both [the victim and her friend] confirmed that Bodrato owns a firearm. This was further corroborated by Boca Raton Police Department personnel observing a Sig Sauer P229 located on the nightstand inside Bodrato`s bedroom. This type of firearm is consistent with the capability of producing multiple audible “clicks” when the firearm is not loaded. Accordingly, I request an arrest warrant be isued for Kathleen Bodrato for the above-referenced charges.”

Bodrato was booked into the Palm Beach County Jail at 11:43 Monday night.


Paul Saperstein


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