2 in custody after armed home invasion in Marion County

Incident appears to be random, deputies say

MARION COUNTY, Fla. – Two people wanted in connection with a home invasion in Marion County have been taken into custody, authorities said.

Investigators arrested Carlos Davis, 20, and Deverious Jackson, 22, Monday afternoon on robbery home invasion with a firearm charges. Sheriff Billy Woods told News 6 that during the home invasion, at least one suspect touched the female victim inside the home inappropriately, so he’s also facing a battery charge. 

Marion County deputies said a heavy law enforcement presence could be seen Monday morning in the Summer Glen subdivision after the masked pair fled on foot following the armed home invasion near Marion Oaks.

Deputies continued searching for them in the neighborhood until they were able to locate them. The community was asked to stay alert and avoid the area as the search was underway.

The victim, Trethony Lewin, told News 6 he and his family are shaken up, but doing alright after their scary experience. They want to know why it happened.

"I just want to know what’s the motive for these guys, why they did it, was it a random hit?," Lewin said.

His home surveillance cameras caught the two suspects outside of his home before deputies say the home invasion happened. 

Investigators say the suspects first approached Lewin's girlfriend, who was standing outside smoking a cigarette, then forced their way inside of the family's home, where they stole a cellphone. 

"My girl was outside smoking, they put a gun to her face and told her to get down on the ground," Lewin said. "They came up to my room, I turned around and I saw a gun in my face." 

The suspects got away after Lewin's girlfriend jumped in.

"My girl, she knocked the gun out of the guy's hands and the guys fell and ran out," Lewin said.  

Lewin said his biggest concern during the encounter was the safety of his 1-year-old son. 

"I just went in there and make sure he was protected and nothing happened," Lewin said. 

Woods said the suspects left the scene in a stolen BMW.

"They fled in a stolen vehicle that was reported stolen from the Orlando area, then a small pursuit and then they bailed out of that vehicle," Woods said. "If you live in a different area, don’t come to my county and commit a crime because I will hunt you down and I will find you and I will put you in my jail."

Sheriff's office officials said the incident does appear to be random.

Investigators say they learned during the investigation that Davis was released from prison last month for fleeing and attempting to elude, burglary and grand theft motor vehicle.

Both suspects are being held at the Marion County Jail on no bond. 

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