2 sought in home invasion, robbery at Marquee apartments near UCF

Deputies also investigate carjacking hours later near Marquee


ORLANDO, Fla. – Orange County deputies are searching for the men they say broke into an apartment at the Marquee Orlando across the street from University of Central Florida campus early Wednesday morning.

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According to deputies, two men, one armed with a knife and the other armed with a crowbar, broke into the apartment at Marquee, formerly known as Sterling Central, at around 2 a.m. and demanded cash from two UCF students in the apartment.

One of the suspects then punched one of the two victims in the face, deputies said.

The men ran off. It's not clear if they had a vehicle. A detailed suspect description was not immediately available.

UCF sent out an alert to students overnight that read, "Home invasion @ Sterling/Marquee a few minutes ago. Hispanic male w/knife.  Black male w/crowbar.  Report suspicious persons to police/911.  Remember to lock your car & apartment doors.  Happy Holidays."

While Local 6 was on scene, a carjacking occurred.

The victim told Local 6 at around 4 a.m. that his Volkswagen and his shoes were stolen.

Deputies said they found the car nearby and four or five people got out of the car and ran toward UCF.

A perimeter was set up and deputies said they caught four of the suspects involved in the carjacking. They are looking for a possible fifth person in a nearby pond, according to deputies.

Deputies said they don't believe the carjacking and the home invasion were related.

Wednesday's robbery marks the fourth robbery at Marquee since October and the fifth robbery in the area.

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