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Business owner forces would-be burglars to strip at gunpoint, deputies say

Suspects say they were 'tortured and beaten' for hours

Joshua Antley, Robert Antley and Kathryn Pelliccio face felony kidnapping and assault charges. Michael Eller and Jose Gonzalez are charged with third-degree burglary
Joshua Antley, Robert Antley and Kathryn Pelliccio face felony kidnapping and assault charges. Michael Eller and Jose Gonzalez are charged with third-degree burglary (Orange County Sheriff's Office)

ORLANDO, Fla. – An Orlando business owner is accused of holding two would-be burglars at gunpoint while beating them and forcing them to strip, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Office.

The encounter began when two men, 28-year-old Michael Eller and 27-year-old Jose Gonzalez, broke a window Sunday morning at a bike shop on North Orange Blossom Trail and climbed inside, deputies said. What the men didn't know was that business owner Robert Antley, 26, had spent the night at his store because he'd had break-ins in the past.

Antley, armed with a gun, confronted the two men and forced them to strip down to their underwear, deputies said. Antley recorded with his cellphone as he jabbed the men with his gun and threatened to kill them as they stood facing a wall, according to the arrest affidavit. 

Eller and Gonzalez were held for about an hour until Antley's brother, 24-year-old Joshua Antley, arrived for work with his girlfriend, 23-year-old Kathryn Pelliccio, and joined Robert in threatening and beating the two men for about another hour, authorities said. 

The intruders told deputies that while they were being "tortured and beaten," the Antley brothers examined their cellphones and took away their personal belongings. 

Deputies said Eller and Gonzalez both suffered injuries to their faces and complained of being in physical pain. They admitted to breaking into the business and Eller said he wanted to press charges, according to the arrest affidavit.  

All five suspects were arrested and booked into the Orange County Jail. 

Gonzalez and Eller are charged with third-degree burglary. Robert Antley, Joshua Antley and Pelliccio all face felony kidnapping and assault charges. 

 


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