LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Lee County Sheriff's deputies arrested 33-year-old Saundra Barak and 37-year-old Travis Sandman early this morning after they allegedly stormed into a woman's room at Palm Beach Motel, armed with a pair of scissors and a cat on a leash.
The victim, who lived there, heard a knock at her door and saw Barak outside asking for a cigarette. When the victim opened the door, Sandman reportedly came at her with a pair of red scissors and ordered her back into the room. Fearing for her safety, she complied.
According to the arrest report, the suspects took the victim's phone, a pearl ring, a jewelry box and $42 in cash.
During the course of the robbery, the victim said Barak left and returned with a cat on a leash and some tin foil. The suspects smoked what the victim believed to be methamphetamine while ransacking the room. Sandman demanded pseudophedrine and D cell batteries so that he could make meth. They told her not to call the police and left.
When deputies arrived, the two could be seen running from the motel. The two were ordered to stop, and Barak allegedly complied, but Sandman did not. A deputy deployed his taser on Sandman. Deputies say Barak dropped a dark shirt with a pair of large scissors inside.
Witnesses told deputies they saw Sandman with large scissors, Barak with a cat on a leash and with the victim's cell phone, and smelled a strong odor coming from the victim's room.
Based on the totality of the investigation, the two were arrested for home invasion robbery with a weapon.