Three men were arrested by Volusia County Sheriff’s Deputies Monday afternoon after a home invasion in Deland. Volusia County Sheriff’s spokesperson Brandon Haught says a man at home on 9th Avenue with his 1-year old daughter reported that “…four men with their faces covered and brandishing guns…stormed inside [his home] and demanded money.” The man gave them $5000, and the men left after checking around his house. The victim then took his daughter and left her with a neighbor, and asked him to call 911 while he looked for the suspects in his truck.
Volusia County Deputies plus Deland Police Department Officers and a helicopter with the Sheriff’s Office searched for the men and a deputy chased down two of the suspects near 8th Avenue and Laurell Avenue. The third suspect was located by a Sheriff’s K-9 Unit hiding in a wooded area. The suspect received minor injuries when the dog bit him on the leg. During a search at the Branch Jail in Daytona Beach, it was also discovered that one of the suspects had a “…non life-threatening bullet wound in his groin area.” The suspect said the wound happened while he was running to hide.
Haught says the men included 25-year old Jose Santana, 19-year old James Tailor and 31-year old Jason Allen. All three were charged with armed home invasion and grand theft. The motivation behind the incident is still under investigation, but the Sheriff’s Office says it is not believed to be a random act.
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