LEHIGH ACRES, Fla.- WINK News has just obtained a new report detailing a Lehigh homeowner's terrifying brush with a group of gunmen who stormed her home. Today, two of the suspects made their first appearance in a Lee County courtroom, and a third was arrested this afternoon.
Clow Street is still a crime scene, more than 24 hours after the home invasion happened. In the meantime, three of the four suspects arrested onsite early Thursday morning have been booked. Two faced a Lee County judge for the first time for their alleged crimes.
Ebron Taylor, 20, and Brandon Doeden, 26, were arrested for crimes including home invasion with a firearm, and impersonating an officer.
Shawndell McCann-Joseph, 24, is charged with Robbery Home Invasion with a Firearm, Impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer in the Commission of a Crime, Wearing a Mask in the Commission of a Crime and Wearing a Ballistic Vest in the Commission of a Crime.
A judge granted Doeden bond, and denied Taylor bond, since the 20-year-old was already on probation.
A just-released Sheriff's Office report on the home invasion says a group of gunmen entered the home on Clow Street, while a woman inside stayed in a locked room. She called 911 before the intruders forced their way into her room, held her at gunpoint and demanded to know where the valuables were. That's when deputies arrived and shots were fired. Some of the intruders ran.
Taylor and Doeden were wearing ballistic vests at the time, according to the report.
Two others were apprehended at the scene. They sustained non-life threatening injuries while trying to escape and were brought to the hospital.
The two deputies involved in the shooting are on paid leave.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office has reached out to Collier authorities to see if these men might be connected to recent armed robberies there.