A Good Neighbor Becomes a Victim
By Dan Breitwieser, WCJB TV 20 News.
A good samaritan coming to the neighbor's aid became the target of the suspect's wrath.
Sheriff's deputies don't think the latest incident is related to the previous two, but they haven't ruled it out entirely.
Neighbors can't believe it happened to their close- knit complex.
A quiet sprinkling of rain falls on the mack apartments outside williston Wednesday. Though three men smashed through the door here late Monday night, they were quiet enough so that few others knew anything was wrong.
"I was kind of shocked," says Kevin Jeron, a neighbor to the victims. "I was a couple doors down and I didn't hear a bang, or any screaming."
The men woke up each of the three adults in the house, brought them into the front room, put a gun to one of the victim's head and demanded money. Another was hit on the back of the head with a second gun. That's when a neighbor who had heard the commotion came over to make sure everything was alright. And the good samaritan became a victim.
"They grabbed her originally and said you're going to go with us," says Lt. Evan Sullivan with the Levy County Sheriff's Office. "She begged that 'I have children, please don't take me.' She was able to get away. They heard them saying, 'I'll kill you if you talk to police'."
The men ran out, getting away with nothing. Deputies arrived a few minutes later.
They will have their work cut out for them because witnesses could give only the most vague description of the vehicle. They say it was behind some trees on the other side of the property. They say it was either white or silver but they could not give a make or model.
"After the incidents, the three suspects were seen fleeing toward that area," says Lt. Sullivan. "The vehicle sped off eastbound on Northeast 35th Street headed toward Marion County."
Jeron stayed up all night with the victims. As a father himself, he hopes the men don't come back.
"No, they cant' come through here no more with that," says Jeron. "They better find another neighborhood."
The three suspects were described as young black males black hooded sweat jackets. One was wearing a new york yankees ball cap. Another had shoulder- length dreadlocks and wearing a Coogi jacket with a blue and red emblem.
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