4 Bradenton residents robbed, tied up in home invasion robbery

jdeleon@bradenton.comApril 16, 2014 

MANATEE -- Four Bradenton residents were zip-tied together by suspects during an armed home invasion Wednesday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies were alerted of a home invasion at about 9 a.m. Wednesday that occurred in the 500 block of 68th Avenue West in Bradenton, according to a news release. Deputies are searching for three male suspects.

A 33-year-old man told deputies he was sleeping when he was awoken by the three suspects in his bedroom. They threatened to kill him if he didn't give them his cash, but he claimed not to keep any in the home.

"The suspects didn't believe him," the sheriff's office said. "They brought one of the female victims into his bedroom and stated they would kill her if he didn't give them the cash."

The victim came up with an undisclosed amount of cash he had hidden, and then the suspects tied him to the two women in the home. The suspects reportedly then began to ransack the home.

A fourth resident arrived home from taking her children to school and was held at gunpoint before also being zip tied.

The male resident was able to free himself as the suspects were fleeing the home.

"He grabbed his shotgun and ran to the front of his house where he fired multiple shots at the fleeing suspects," the sheriff's office said.

Deputies believe one of the getaway car's tires was struck before it was abandoned it at the Tire Kingdom store at 6100 14th St. W.

The victims tracked one of their stolen cell phones to the Tire Kingdom and called 911.

Deputies arrived at 9:23 a.m. to the Tire Kingdom, but the suspects had already fled. Employees at the Tire Kingdom reported seeing a suspect get into a dark sedan before fleeing.

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