Seven suspects were behind bars Wednesday, Dec. 18, accused of a home invasion less than 24 hours earlier in the Sun ‘n Lake Estates community near Lake Placid.
Deputies from the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office arrested six Avon Park residents and one Sebring man in connection with the 2 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17 break-in that left six people battered, bleeding and bruised.
An emergency 911 call reported that six people had been sleeping in their home at 245 Highlands Blvd. in Lake Placid when they awoke when the thieves entered. The victims were beaten and robbed, according to HCSO arrest reports. None of the injuries were life threatening
Through their investigation, deputies connected the robbery to people living at 2205 Golden Age Villas in Avon Park. Armed with a search warrant, deputies went to that address and reportedly found additional evidence connecting the seven people to the case. Details on that evidence have not been released, but deputies have also linked the suspects to other robberies in the county, reports said. More charges are pending.
Arrested and booked into the Highlands County jail on identical charges of burglary, battery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault with a weapon, and robbery with a firearm were:
• Chase Allen Cody, 21, of 2205 Golden Age Villas, Avon Park. His bond was set at $240,000.
• Samantha Ashle-Rose Haralson, 19, also of 2205 Golden Age Villas, Avon Park. She was held under $118,000 bond.
• Brian Stanley Jones Jr., 29, of 703 State St., Avon Park. His bond is $240,000.
• Jesse Lee Personette, 26, of 17B East Adams St., Avon Park. Bond was set at $240,000.
• Devion Marcell Randolph, 22, listed a general delivery address in Avon Park. He is being held on $223,000 bond.
• Edwardo Luis Rodriguez, 26, of 2205 N. DeSoto Ave., Avon Park. His bond is $450,000.
• Mark Anthony Tish, 22, of 1634 Wightman Ave., Sebring. He was being held under $450,000 bond.
Sheriff Susan Benton is asking members of the public “to call us with any information” on the suspects. “We believe that they and maybe others in their group have victimized additional persons in our community and with your help we can not only hold these criminals in jail, but hopefully keep them out of the community for a long time,” she said.
Anyone with information on these subjects is asked to contact the HCSO Criminal Investigations Unit and Detective Nathan Coogan at 863-402-7341 or 863-402-7250.
Anyone with information who wants to remain anonymous and eligible for a cash reward is asked to contact Heartland Crime Stoppers at 1-800-226-TIPS (8477) or www.heartlandcrimes toppers.com/.