FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Incident Date / Time: January 15, 2018 at 02:01 a.m.
Incident Location: 2707 Barrett Avenue, Plant City, Florida
Release Date / Time: January 16, 2018 at 10:30 p.m.
Home Invasion Robbery
During the above listed date, time and location, the Plant City Police Department responded to a home invasion robbery.
A 63 year w/f homeowner/resident arrived to the residence at approximately 1:30 a.m. and observed 2 w/m subjects riding by the residence on bicycles, while she was removing an item from her vehicle. While leaning inside the vehicle and attempting to remove the item, one of the w/m subjects grabbed her and forced her into the residence, while threatening to kill her if she failed to comply. Once inside the residence, she was forced onto a couch and was instructed to lie face down. The suspect then rummaged through the contents of that room, before forcing her to accompany him into a second room within the residence.
She was asked by the suspect who else was home, to which she replied her husband was home. The second w/m suspect entered the room and stood watch while the first suspect searched the contents of the second room entered. While still inside the residence, the husband/homeowner of the female victim, a 63 year w/m arrived at the home, where he was met by one of the suspects and forced inside the residence. He was immediately relieved of his wallet and cell phone by one of the suspects.
Once inside a residence, he was thrown against a wall, where it was later learned to have caused a small laceration and swelling to the right side of his face. His phone was thrown against a wall by one of the suspects, breaking it and rendering it unusable.
The homeowners' 29 year old daughter was inside the residence as well at the time of the home invasion. One of the suspects forced her room door open and took her cell phone. One of the suspects threatened to kill her, if she attempted to leave or call the police. She remained in the room until the suspects left. At that time, she and her father ran to a neighbor's home to call police.
Shortly after police arrival, it was determined that several items of value were stolen from the residence. The stolen items included a men's wallet with driver's license and a debit card belonging to the male victim. Two Michael Kors watches, a brown in color purse, several pieces of jewelry, military challenge coins and vehicle keys. The victims' 2016 Buick Regal was stolen from the residence and used as a getaway vehicle by the suspects. It was recovered by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) a short time later, within their jurisdiction. The vehicle was unoccupied at the time of its discovery. A perimeter with HCSO and PCPD units was established. An aerial search and police K-9 searches were conducted, both of which yielded negative results for either of the suspects. The vehicle was impounded and is being processed as evidence by HCSO.
The female homeowner described the first suspect as a w/m, with short brown hair and was wearing a black mask that covered the lower half of his face and was wearing a black jacket and khaki pants. She described the second subject as also a w/m, wearing dark clothing, and a black beanie cap. She said she may have heard one of the subjects say the name "Aaron", but was not completely certain.
The daughter was able to relay a description of one of the suspects. She stated he was a w/m, approximately 5’11” and was wearing dark clothing and a black mask covering the lower half of his face. She saw what she believed to be a black in color semi-automatic pistol in his right hand.
The male victim advised he was unable to get a good look at either of the suspects.
At this time, it is unknown if the victims were targeted or if this was a random act. The public is encouraged to use universal precautions at all times but especially when returning home during late evening or early morning hours.
This incident is considered an active and on-going investigation. Anyone with information, is asked to contact Detective Chad Rader at (813) 757-9200.