Home invasion suspects sought, Sheriff’s Office says

Detectives with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office Major Crimes Unit are investigating a Wednesday morning home invasion robbery and asking the public to call in with any information.


Just before 10 a.m., a Hispanic man and woman entered a home in the 5500 block of Datil Pepper Road, armed with a handgun and a large knife, and awoke the home’s occupant, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.

The man in the home told investigators that the male suspect pistol whipped him and then bound him before leaving the home with an undisclosed amount of cash and a small safe.

The Sheriff’s Office said the two suspects are believed to have spoken to each other in Spanish and spoke to the home’s occupant in “broken English.”

The man in the home, who was eventually able to free himself and make his way to a neighbor’s house, told investigators that a third person drove the other two away from the home in a white pickup truck, possibly a Ford F150.

Another witness reported seeing a similar truck in the area that was described as suspicious.

The release described that truck as a “white Ford F series truck (possibly a F150 or F250), slightly lifted, with aftermarket tires, dark multi-spoke aftermarket rims, a dark colored front grill, and possibly 4-doors.” It was estimated to be a 2010 model.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Detective Gene Tolbert at 669-6467 or the Major Crimes Unit at 209-2220. Those who wish to remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward can call Crime Stoppers at 888-277-8477.

Detectives are also asking any residents or businesses in the area that have cameras that record passing traffic — specifically along Datil Pepper Road or along U.S. 1 between State Road 206 and Wildwood Drive — to contact the Major Crimes Unit to have their video reviewed.