Woman raped in week's 5th armed home invasion
Walter Pacheco and Gary Taylor | Sentinel Staff Writers
February 21, 2009
Another woman was raped Friday in the fifth violent and armed home invasion in Central Florida this week.
Orange County Sheriff's Office investigators released few details about the home invasion, saying only that it happened in the Hamptons subdivision, an upscale neighborhood near the MetroWest community.
Sheriff's Commander Julia Blackman said the armed men walked into the house through an open garage door. They woke the victim from her sleep, tied her and ransacked the home. When her boyfriend arrived, the suspects bound him as well.
It is unclear when the suspects raped the woman.
Detectives in Orange County and Sanford are busy trying to find the suspects involved in the five separate home invasions.
On Tuesday, a 19-year-old student was raped when two home invaders burst into the upscale Avalon Park home she shares with several University of Central Florida and Valencia Community College students.
The men broke into the home at 3 a.m. and ordered several of the students into a bathroom at gunpoint. The woman was pulled out of the bathroom and raped by the two men in another part of the house, deputies said.
The suspects stole laptops and cell phones.
The victims didn't call 911 until three hours after the intruders left their home because they were afraid to walk out of the bathroom.
In another home invasion, Orange County deputies arrested the victim. They said he admitted that he was storing marijuana in a jacket.
UCF student Kegan Evan Williams, 20, told deputies four suspects held him at gunpoint Monday at his Woodbury Road home and robbed him of his pot and electronic devices.
Williams was busted on drug charges and released from jail on a $1,100 bond.
Also on Monday, four men attacked a Full Sail University student by pulling a shirt over his head, punching him in the face and then stealing a television, an Xbox and other personal items from his Maitland home.
A homeowner in Sanford retaliated against home invaders by opening fire on the men, shooting one of them in the face.
Phyllis Field fired twice at the men when they forced their way into her home on North Scott Avenue, Sanford police said.
A surveillance video from a home on a nearby street showed a man walking through that yard and then leaving after one of the men looked directly into the camera and realized what it was, police said.
The Seminole County Services Building was locked down Tuesday morning because of the possibility the men were inside the facility at First Street and Mellonville Avenue, but they were not found.
It wasn't until Wednesday that a suspect, Vandrae Terrance Wright, was arrested when he sought medical treatment at Florida Hospital Orlando.
Wright, 18, of Midway, faces charges of burglary to an occupied dwelling and attempted grand theft, according to police reports.
The second suspect is still at large.
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