Suspect Admits Remorse In Planning Brutal Home Invasion Robbery
An elderly Navy veteran continues to cling to life tonight...while one of the people accused of attacking him says she wishes she was dead.
Maranda Joy Martin of Gainesville has been arrested for the brutal home invasion robbery in northwest Gainesville late Monday night.
The 22-year-old surrendered to police Tuesday morning and after hours of questioning, confessed.
She and her 22-year-old cousin, Austin Mark Jones are accused of breaking in to the home of 78-year-old Paul Quandt...and torturing him with a knife and a stun gun until he gave them the combination to his safe.
Police said that Martin had been a caregiver for Quandt for a few months last year.
She told Gainesville police that she was sorry Quandt was hurt.
Jones was arrested after he crashed Quandt's stolen Cadillac on 13th street.
He was taken to Shands to be treated for critical injuries. He was released from the hospital Tuesday afternoon and transferred to jail.
Quandt remains in critical condition at Shands.
Both Jones and Martin are charged with home invasion robbery and attempted first degree murder.
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