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Man charged in St. Johns Co. home invasion

Sheriff's Office says robbers took cash, cellphones, left victims tied up

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Benjamin White

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – A 20-year-old St. Johns County man was arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection with a home invasion robbery that occurred early Monday morning.

Benjamin White was booked into the St. Johns County jail and ordered held on $250,000 bond. The Sheriff's Office says a second suspect is still being sought.

Deputies say White (booking photo, below) and a second man knocked on the door of a  24-year-old man and 20-year-old woman who live in the 600 block of Francis Street. When the victim opened the door, White showed a handgun and demanded money. Deputies say the second suspect then punched the victim in the face and asked where the money was kept.

St. Johns County Sheriff's Office booking photo of Benjamin White

According to the Sheriff's Office, White and the second suspect ransacked the home and bounded the two victims before leaving with cash and several cellphones.

The U.S. Marshal's Task Force located White Wednesday afternoon at an apartment on Whispering Circle and brought him to the Sheriff's Office for questioning. A search warrant was served at that home turned up a handgun believed to have been used in the home invasion robbery.

Anyone with any information concerning the identity of the second suspect is asked to call the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office. Tipsters can also remain anonymous and possible be eligible for a cash reward by calling Crime Stoppers at 888-277-TIPS.