ARCADIA, Fla. - Two men are in jail after deputies say they tied up and robbed a well-known family at gunpoint. The family is obviously frightened by the whole ordeal, as are people in Arcadia, and even more upset that one of the suspects is someone supposed to be protecting them.
Drive around Arcadia and you cant help but notice the Turner family name on street signs and billboards, leading investigators to believe the suspects knew exactly who they were after. Friday morning, Phil Turner, Sr. walked out to his mailbox when he was confronted by a masked gunman, "He accompanied him back into his home and that point, the gentleman robbed them of some money and jewelry and left them tied up and fled the area," DeSoto County Sheriff Will Wise said.
The gunman met a driver in a getaway car. Turner and his wife called 9-1-1 despite being taped to chairs. Through hard police work, investigators arrested the gunman, 29-year old Bodustin Price and 28 year old Ernest Bowen, whose mug shot was withheld because he is a Punta Gorda firefighter! "Mr. Bowen was the one that had the jewelry in his possession and he appears that this time, the mastermind or facilitator of this situation," Wise said.
Fire officials tell us Bowen will be terminated from the department. "Our hearts go out to the victims and the family involved out there. again, we had no idea what had happened," Training Chief Ray Briggs said.
Word of the incident quickly spread around town.
"Anyone that could stoop that low, to go to an elderly couple, no matter if they are wealthy or poor, it's horrible," Bobbie Melendez, a 26 year Arcadia resident said.
Sheriff Wise says there was an attempted robbery at that home just a few weeks ago, and he believes these men were involved. Bowen and Price face charges including Grand Theft, Home Invasion Robbery, and Kidnapping. Both are in jail on $500,000 bond.