Police searching for group of armed home invasion suspects who attacked elderly victims

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ORANGE COUNTY, FL — Deputies in Orange County, Florida are asking for the public’s help in identifying a group of armed suspects linked to a terrifying home invasion. 

Part of the frightening incident was caught on “Ring” doorbell footage that was released by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office. 

The video, which captured the incident that took place just after 2:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 21st, shows several individuals dressed in dark clothing with their faces concealed forcing their way into a home.

The four suspects, who all appear to be carrying guns are seen kicking and throwing their bodies against the door until they are finally able to gain entry. 

Once inside the residence on Giant Oak Lane in the Lockhart area of West Orange County, the suspects forced the elderly victims to the ground while shouting at them, before searching the home according to police. 

The suspects then fled in an unknown car ABC 9 reported. Thankfully there were no injuries. 

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department released the video of the incident on Twitter with a report reading:

EXPLICIT LANGUAGE: This morning, OCSO responded to Giant Oak Ln (West OC) for a home invasion. The suspects yelled “OPD, police! Sheriff’s Office” and forced their way in. They ordered the elderly victims to the ground and searched the home. If you have info, call @CrimelineFL

Anyone with information that might help deputies identify the suspects is asked to call CRIMELINE AT (800) 423-8477.

This is not the only recent home invasion where the police are asking for the public’s help. 

In Philadelphia, police have released images of two suspects allegedly involved in a deadly home invasion that took place on New Year’s Eve.

According to ABC6, the home invasion took place between 9 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and 3 a.m. on New Year’s Day inside a home on the 3900 block of North Fairhill Street in the city’s Hunting Park section.

Police say 83-year-old Mauricio Gesmundo was found bound and gagged on the living room floor when his daughter and son-in-law came home. He died at the hospital on Monday night.

On Thursday night, January 21st, police released video of the suspects in question leaving Gesmundo’s home. Police are offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects responsible.
 

“I’m just truly still in disbelief right now,” 

 

According to police, the suspects got away with at least one black safe filled with approximately $30,000 to $50,000.

 
George Gesmundo claims the money belonged to his sister and brother-in-law who do business on eBay and had taken out a loan to open their own business.
 
At this time, police are unsure if the man was targeted, but there were not any signs of forced entry that they could see.
 
Gesmundo said:
 
“He was not expecting anyone because it was New Year’s Eve and the whole family, the rest of my family, went to our other sister’s house for New Year’s Eve that night. Ninety-nine-point-nine percent of the time my father does not open the door unless he knows that person,” 
 
Anyone with any information is asked to call Philadelphia police at 215-686-TIPS.

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Criminals posing as flower delivery service launch home invasion in NYC, steal $70K in cash and jewelry

December 19, 2020

NEW YORK CITY, NY – Within the Queens borough of New York City, a home invasion was pulled off under the cloak of what appeared to be a flower delivery service to a woman who answered her front door on December 18th. 

Police say that a male suspect approached a home at around noon on December 18th on Haddon St. in Jamaica Estates, carrying a bouquet of flowers. 

The male suspect rang the doorbell and waited for several minutes before a woman approached the door and opened up upon seeing the innocuous bestowing of flowers. 

Apparently, the male suspect proclaimed that the flowers were from the woman’s husband – even giving the woman her husband’s actual name. That’s when two other men rushed the door and began robbing the residence. 

Reportedly, the trio had managed to steal approximately $20,000 in cash as well as $50,000 in jewelry plus mink coats. While robbing the home, the three suspects were said to have even cut the phone lines and the internet.

While inside of the home, the three perpetrators allegedly tied the 48-year-old up. Sources investigators say that while the woman was bound, the suspects poked and prodded the woman with a knife, threatening to kidnap and kill her. 

It’s said that the woman happens to be the wife of a prominent jewelry store owner in Manhattan’s Diamond District, which seems to make sense when acknowledging the stolen jewelry. 

After of roughly an hour of being bound, the female victim was reportedly able to free herself and make her way out of the home to call for help. The victim was later treated at a local hospital, reportedly having pain and swelling in her face and ear due to her being assaulted during the home invasion. 

Authorities are currently searching for the suspects involved in what appears to be a very targeted home invasion.  

In other reports regarding brazen home invasions, a woman in Florida was simply walking to her car in her driveway when she was ambushed by some home invaders. 

And this crime managed to be caught on surveillance camera and was committed in broad daylight. 

Here’s that previous report. 

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TARMAC, FL – woman in South Florida was attacked at gunpoint outside of her home by two men that forced her into her residence and tied her up.  The pair then rummaged through the victim’s residence, looking for anything they could steal.

The incident occurred on October 26 when two men wearing black approached the woman as she was getting into her vehicle around 9 a.m.  Security video captured the moment the men approached.

As the men run toward the woman, and she seems to realize what is happening and falls to the ground. The two men then force the woman inside her home at gunpoint.  

Broward County Sheriff’s Office stated that the suspects, who appeared to be driving a newer white Lexus SUV, tied the victim up inside of the home while they looked through her belongings.  Police said that video surveillance inside the home showed:

“Surveillance video inside the home shows the two males rummaging through the victim’s belongings.  While the subjects are inside the residence, surveillance video captures an unknown female wearing a dark-colored hair wrap (possibly concealing dreads or braids) and dark-colored clothing approaching the home.

“The female opens the door, says something in Creole, then closes the door before wiping the handle down with her long sleeve shirt and returning back to the awaiting car.  All three subjects then leave shortly thereafter, taking items valued at approximately $2,700.”

The victim was not injured during the incident. Police are asking anyone with information to call Broward County Crimestoppers at 954-493-8477. Callers can remain anonymous. 

This is not the first reported home invasion in South Florida this year. On October 4, another home robbery was reported in the region.  In that incident, a bikini model was at home with her husband and child watching the NBA finals with friends when intruders entered their home.

The model, Ansley Pacheco, was in the bathroom when she discovered that two men had illegally entered their home.  While the suspects forced the people inside the residence to the floor at gunpoint, Ansley protected her family by grabbing a firearm.

Ansley told WPLG:

“I just knew that I had to do something, and my first instinct was to grab the gun and defend my husband and my son.”

The video inside the residence showed that Ansley shouted out to the burglars:

“Don’t shoot me, my son is in here.”

Ansley said that is when the suspects began shooting into the room that she was in.  On Twitter, she said:

“My reaction was to get the gun and to defend.  They could have killed me.  They could have killed my son.  They were shooting right over his head.  They didn’t care.”

After an exchange of gunfire between Ansley and the suspects, the robbers fled the scene.  Ansley’s husband, Daniel Pacheco, took the firearm from her and pursued the suspects.

The suspects fled the scene and remain unidentified.  

It is unknown if the two home invasions are related but police are asking for anyone with information to contact authorities. 

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