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Police seek man accused of tying up victims during home invasion

Man was armed with silver handgun, Altamonte Springs police say

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ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – Police are looking for a man who they said tied two people up, held them at gunpoint and robbed them at their unit at the Lakeshore Apartments on Tuesday.

The victims, a couple, said they arrived at their apartment on Altamonte Bay Club Circle and were approached by a man armed with a handgun who ordered them into their apartment and forced his way inside as well, according to a news release from the Altamonte Springs Police Department.

Police said the man ordered them to the ground and tied their hands behind their backs while he took their keys and cellphones, then left the apartment.

The man is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall with a dark complexion, black hair and a buzz cut with an "island" accent. He was wearing a white, short-sleeved T-shirt, shorts and ankle socks with sneakers, according to a news release.

"It was a surprise because it's so quiet," one neighbor said Thursday. "Everyone here we know is really friendly."

People in the community said they're now keeping an eye out for anyone who doesn't look familiar. 

"Whether it's a burglar that was reported or not, it's something you should always be doing," another neighbor said. "(You should) always be aware of your (surroundings)."

News 6 asked police if this attack was targeted and officers said no, adding that they believe it was random.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Altamonte Springs Police Department 407-339-2441 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS (8477).


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