Armed home invasion stopped in progress, Bradenton police say

Posted by JASON BARTOLONE on April 19, 2014 

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— Police stopped an apparent home invasion in progress, catching three suspects as they were leaving a home, according to a Bradenton police report.

Patrol officers arrived at the home in the 400 block of 22nd Avenue West around 3:36 a.m. after receiving a 911 call about several armed suspects in the residence "ordering the residents around and breaking down doors," the report states.

When they arrived, they found three suspects, two of whom were armed, in the front yard, according to a media release.

Further investigation revealed the suspects had forced their way into the residence and demanded money from the victims, the release states. When the victims said they didn't have any money, the suspects left, according to police. No one was injured.

Arrested were Johnny B. Edwards, 19, who was charged with home invasion robbery and burglary; and Julius T. Lang, 19, charged with home invasion robbery.

A third suspect, a juvenile who was not identified, was charged with home invasion robbery, burglary and possession of marijuana.

A fourth suspect fled the scene before officers arrived, according to investigators.

Anyone  with  information  about  the  case is  asked  to  contact Bradenton  Police  Detective Freddy  Ordonez  at  941-932-9300,  or, to  remain  anonymous  and  be  eligible for  a  cash  reward  of  up to $1,000,  call  Crime Stoppers at  1-866-634-8477  (TIPS)  or  send  an  anonymous E-Tip at www.manateecrimestoppers.com

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