Two Duct Taped During Home Invasion
Detectives are looking for armed robbers who duct taped their victims in their home.
The attack happened in Northeast Ocala at the Deer Run apartment complex.
The man and the woman inside the apartment weren't the only ones in danger.
The womans three -year -old daughter was also inside the apartment during the home invasion.
The suspects didn't go inside the bedroom where the girl was sleeping, but parents in the area are on high alert after hearing about what happened.
"Somebody could have gotten really hurt," said a neighbor.
Neighbors in this government housing complex, are on edge after finding out there was a home invasion in the area.
One neighbor didn't want to show her face on camera out of fear, but said she's shocked.
"My kids are teenagers and they come in and out on their own. They have their times when they are walking through the parking lots and walking home. If people around here are doing stuff like that it's scary," said a neighbor.
At around 1:00 a.m. on Wednesday 27- year -old Michael Allen and 25- year- old Crystal Harper were in this apartment.
They were watching TV in the living room, when they heard a knock on the door.
Sgt. Angy Scroble with the Ocala Police Department said Allen went to put some clothes on, while Harper answered the door.
"When she answered it immediately according to her statement there were three maybe four subjects that came into the house with ski mask and armed with handguns," said Sgt. Scroble.
The men forced Harper to get on the floor and then duct taped her hands together.
"She was in a lot of fear. She had closed her eyes. Probably praying it would be over with soon," said Sgt. Scroble.
Allen came out of the room not knowing what was going on.
"Then they forced him to the floor as well and duct taped his hands," said Sgt. Scroble.
They wrapped a child blanket over his head.
The men ransacked the kitchen and living room area, but only stealing two cell phones and some cash that was on the living room table.
Then they rushed out of the apartment.
"The victim was able to get up, get out of the duct tape on her wrist and go check on the three- year- old child that was in the other room," said Sgt. Scroble.
No one was hurt during the crime.
"That is always a bonus when a violent crime like this happens and no one was injured," said Sgt. Scroble.
Records show that Allen has been arrested multiple times on drug related charges, but if you have any information about this home invasion contact the Ocala Police Department.
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