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2 sought in home invasion robbery

Victim says he feared for his life

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. – The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office is looking for two men who are accused of breaking into a home early Friday morning and robbing two people at gun point. 

The men kicked in the door of a home on CH Arnold Road near County Road 208, pistol-whipped one man inside, threatened another man with a handgun, fired a shot and stole the victims' money, deputies said.

The home invasion was reported around 4 a.m.

News4Jax spoke with one of the victims in the home invasion Friday evening who said he feared for his life.

Joseph Carlozzi, the victim said he was sleeping when his friend’s door was kicked in. He said and his friend were robbed at gun point and then they chased the suspects through this yard. 

“Every time I close my eyes, I see his face. It’s nerve wrecking, ya know, now it feels like I have to watch over my shoulders. I’ve never felt this fear in my life,” said Carlozzi. “I was just caught off guard. I’ve never been caught off guard like that. It was 4 o’clock in the morning, and I am waking up to a door being kicked in.”

Carlozzi said he was sleeping on the couch inside his friend’s home when two men rushed in and one of them began beating him.

“The guy that I saw put the gun to my face and told me I was next,” Carlozzi said.

Carlozzi said the man grabbed a pool stick and began hitting him. While this was going on, he said he heard shots coming from the back bedroom where his friend was sleeping.

Deputies said the second man went to the back bedroom of the home and found the second victim asleep on his bed. The man woke the victim and demanded money while pointing a handgun at him. The man fired a shot, but no one was hit by the gunfire.

Carlozzi said his friend was not hurt, but he showed News4Jax where he had to get several stiches on the back of his head, and his forehead was also busted up.

He said the men got away with a couple thousand dollars in cash, but it’s nothing compared to what was almost taken.

“I’m grateful to be alive. I could have been dead,” Carlozzi said. “No price you can put on my life. Here you can have it, but I guarantee you are going to have to answer to that to somebody.”

After taking the money, both men fled the home on foot.

The men were seen being picked up in an older '80s or '90s-style white Honda or Toyota passenger car with a dark-colored rocker panel and loud muffler.

One suspect was described as a white man, about 6 feet tall with curly brown hair. He was wearing a white short-sleeved shirt with an unknown emblem, and he was armed with a silver handgun. Deputies released a composite sketch of the man but did not release one for other suspect.

The second man was described as a white man, 5 feet, 5 inches to 5 feet, 6 inches tall. He had on a hat and was wearing a white long-sleeved shirt and dark pants. He was armed with a dark-colored handgun, deputies said.

Anyone with information on the identities of the men or the owner of the vehicle that picked them up are asked to call Major Crimes Detective Jonathan Dees at 904-209-2130.