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Masked intruders beat Florida man, put him in car trunk

Man taken to hospital with lacerations on head, Volusia deputies say

DeBARY, Fla. – A 61-year-old man says masked intruders held him at gunpoint, beat him and forced him into the trunk of his car early Tuesday at his home in Volusia County, according to authorities.

The man, who lives in a mobile home at the Highbanks Mini Storage on Sanctuary Avenue in DeBary, was taken to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City with several lacerations on his head, deputies said.

According to the Volusia County Sheriff's Office, the man told investigators that the assailants came to his home around 12:40 a.m. and knocked on the door, yelling his name and asking for help. When he opened the door, two of them pushed him into a corner and demanded money, deputies said.

The man, who said he didn't recognize any of the culprits, insisted that he didn't have any money to give them, investigators said.

A third person entered the home and pointed a gun at the victim's face, according to deputies.

The Sheriff's Office said the trio dragged the man through the home, demanding to know where he kept his money. They then threw him on the ground outside, beat him, put him into the trunk of his car and closed it while they ransacked his home, deputies said.

The victim said the group eventually unlocked the trunk, and he heard them run to a vehicle that sped away, according to investigators.

The victim went to a neighbor for help, deputies said.

The suspects were described as teens about 18 years old or younger.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at 386-668-3830 or Crime Stoppers of Northeast Florida at 888-277-TIPS.