Family bound with Duct tape during Windermere home invasion

Orange County deputies search for 2 intruders

WINDERMERE, Fla. - A search continues for two intruders who bound a family with Duct tape during a Windermere home invasion before stealing some pricey items and a SUV.

The home invasion robbery occurred Wednesday night on Crescent Lake Court near Windermere Drive.

According to the Orange County Sheriff's Office, a man first went to the home around 6:30 p.m., saying his car had broken down and he needed to use a phone and she complied. 

The man returned about three hours later again asking to use the phone, deputies said.  This time, according to the Sheriff's Office, the woman felt uncomfortable and told the man no before trying to close the door.  The man forced his way in, however, grabbing the woman and dragging her to the ground while she screamed for help, deputies said.

Another family member came to help, but he was overpowered, said deputies.  A third victim heard the screaming, witnessed the scuffle and attempted to flee through the garage door but was stopped and dragged back in by the other assailant, deputies said.

The victims were all bound with Duct tape and placed into a room while the suspects rummaged through the home, taking TVs and other personal belongings before leaving in a Ford Explorer belonging to one of the victims.

Deputies were then called to the home, and around the same time, Windermere police tried to stop a speeding SUV, which crashed and flipped into a pond.  Unbeknown to anyone at the time, the SUV turned out to be the stolen Ford Explorer, deputies said.  The occupants of the vehicle fled and have not been located.

A detailed description of the men was not released.

Anyone with information about the home invasion is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff's Office or Crimeline at 800-423-TIPS.

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