Osceola County – On March 8, Osceola County Sheriff's detectives, in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Service and the State Attorney 9th Judicial Circuit, arrested 4 suspects for their involvement in a home invasion that took place in the East Lake Reserve subdivision.
Gerald Bell, Darryl Battle, Renorah Laird and Angel Barnes were charged with Armed Home Invasion, Kidnapping, Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon and Armed Carjacking. The investigation is on-going with additional charges pending.
On January 29 at approximately 2:10 a.m. deputies responded to a residence on Rachel Lin Lane in the East Lake Reserve subdivision in St. Cloud. Upon arrival, they spoke with a mother and her teenage daughter, who indicated they had been held against their will. On Thursday, afternoon, the daughter was at home watching television when her mom's boyfriend was forced into the residence by multiple suspects.
The suspects tied up the girl and her mom's boyfriend. The girl said at one point they covered her head with a pillowcase and she was unaware of what occurred after that time.
At some point, some of the suspects left with the boyfriend and the others stayed at the residence.
At approximately 8:00 p.m. the girl's mother came home and the suspects immediately tied her up and held the victims at gunpoint. Shortly after 1:00 a.m., the suspects left the residence and the mother and her daughter were able to run to a neighbor's house and report the incident.
A short time later, St. Cloud Police officers notified the Sheriff's Office they located the vehicle belonging to the mother. The car was on Rummel Road and an individual, later identified as the mother's boyfriend was tied up in the backseat. He was taken to a local hospital and was treated for minor injuries.
After further investigation, detectives identified Bell, Battle, Laird and Barnes as suspects.
They determined the incident was isolated and the victims were targeted for money.
Felony warrants were obtained for the suspect and, on March 8, detectives located all four suspects in Osceola and Orange counties. They were arrested and booked into the Osceola County Jail.
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