Deputies: 3 arrested after home invasion robbery, shooting
BRADFORD COUNTY, Fla. – Three people were arrested following a home invasion robbery and a shooting Wednesday morning near Lawtey, the Bradford County Sheriff's Office said.
Katelin Drerup, 18; Tristan Langkau, 20; and Randsom Norman, 18, are each charged with armed burglary, theft and criminal mischief. Drerup is also charged with aggravated assault with a firearm and aggravated battery.
Deputies said they responded just after 7:30 a.m. Wednesday to a home invasion robbery on Northwest 241st Street off U.S. 301, just north of Lawtey city limits. Deputies said they learned two men and one woman entered the home, held a woman inside the residence at gunpoint and stole some items before taking off in a black sport utility vehicle.
While deputies were still investigating the home invasion robbery, the Sheriff's Office said it received a call about 8:20 a.m. regarding a shooting on Northwest County Road 200A, just south of Lawtey city limits. Deputies said they found a woman who had been shot in her left forearm. Before the woman was taken to a Gainesville-area hospital, according to the Sheriff's Office, the woman told deputies that she had been shot through the door of an RV trailer on the property. Witnesses told deputies that they had seen a black SUV take off after the shooting.
The woman who was shot was expected to survive and was scheduled to undergo surgery, deputies said.
Due to the proximity of the shooting, Lawtey Elementary School was temporarily placed under a "shelter-in-place," with extra deputies on the campus. The school later returned to normal activity.
Soon after an ambulance left to take the victim to the hospital, according to the Sheriff's Office, the shooting suspect and a man were spotted walking out of a wooded area north of the shooting scene, taken into custody and taken to the Sheriff's Office.
A short time later, deputies said, the third person accused in the home invasion was taken into custody and transported to the Sheriff's Office.
During interviews with detectives, all three admitted to the home invasion and the shooting, the Sheriff's Office said.
Investigators said the three told them that the shooting occurred when the victim knocked on the door of the RV to deliver a gallon of orange juice to one of the men living inside. The Sheriff's Office said the suspects, who were hiding inside the RV after the home invasion, armed themselves when the victim knocked on the door.
"The female charged her semiautomatic handgun at which time it unexpectedly discharged through the RV door, striking the victim. The suspects fled the residence in the black SUV driving through some nearby woods until the vehicle became stuck," reads a news release from the Sheriff's Office.
All three suspects were booked into the Bradford County jail, where they will be held without bond until their first court appearances Thursday morning.
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