Man beaten, burned in Deltona home invasion, deputies say

4 masked intruders remain on the run

DELTONA, Fla. - Four masked intruders took turns beating a man and burning him during a home invasion robbery late Monday in Volusia County, deputies said.

The home invasion was reported in the 3000 block of Mapleshade Street in Deltona.

According to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, the 42-year-old homeowner said he was in bed around 10 p.m. when he heard a knock on his door. The man answered the door and four masked intruders -- three of whom had guns -- forced their way into his home, deputies said.

The man said the intruders took turns beating him and burned his back and head with a metal object, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The intruders stole some money and left the home, deputies said.

A couple called 911 Monday night after their neighbor, the victim, showed up on their doorstep covered in bruises, burns and blood. In the call, the victim is heard in the background explaining what happened.

"They knocked on the door. I thought it was somebody else. I opened the door and they shoved a gun in my face," he said.
A different neighbor said she didn't know what had happened until she heard a VCSO helicopter and deputies started knocking on her door.
"It was sad and scary," Debbie Cruz said.

The victim was taken to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City, where he was treated for his injuries.

Investigators said they don’t believe that the incident was a random attack, but neighbors still fear the worst.

"It's pretty scary because I never thought that would happen because this is a quiet neighborhood. I have kids, little ones. Yeah, I'm in shock," Cruz said.
Anyone with information about the home invasion is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 386-860-7030 or Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 888-277-TIPS.

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