NORTH PORT, Fla.- Sarasota County Sheriff's deputies responded to an armed home invasion in the 300 block of Santruce Ave., early this morning.
Deputies located two victims with non-life threatening injuries, who said that two unknown subjects knocked on the door at 5:45 a.m. When the residents answered the door, the subjects allegedly forced their way inside and battered them. Once inside they demanded their vehicle, wallets and cell phones. The suspects then fled the scene in the victim’s 2006 maroon F-150, FL tag 351-TBE.
A second vehicle of interest was observed in the area and it is an older gray unmarked police type vehicle driven by an unknown subject.
The first suspect is described as a man in his 20s, while the second is approximately 40 years old. Both have a larger build and were wearing all black clothing at the time of the crime. The suspects were armed with small pellet-type guns.
A spokeswoman for SCSO told WINK News that investigators believe the victims could have been targeted because one of the suspects knew a victim's name. Investigators do not believe the public is in danger.
SCSO cannot confirm a connection between this home invasion and others that have happened throughout southwest Florida in recent weeks.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Criminal Investigations Section at 941-861-4900, or leave an anonymous tip with Crime Stoppers by calling 941-366-TIPS (8477), online at www.sarasotacrimestoppers.com.