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Armed intruders trying to rob home, kidnap teen girl have change of heart when Dad emerges with gun

Armed intruders plotted to rob a man's home and kidnap his 17-year-old daughter — but they had a change of heart after Dad emerged with a gun. (Image source: ipopba/Getty Images)

What happened?

  • Four intruders armed with guns and a knife tried to rob the Florida home of a man they believed was wealthy — and kidnap his 17-year-old daughter as well Tuesday night, the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office said.
  • The homeowner, 51, told deputies his daughter called saying the road to their home was blocked with barrels and garbage cans.
  • Turns out the culprits hoped to force the girl from her vehicle after she saw the road obstacles, but she just drove around them instead.
  • Soon after her father heard his dogs barking, saw motion-activated flood lights turn on and heard what sounded like a car door closing — so he decided to grab his gun.
  • Sure enough he saw intruders trying to force their way into his garage, and he fired three shots.
  • The suspects ran into nearby woods after having unscrewed some of his security lights.
  • A neighbor saw a suspicious car near her home about the same time and told deputies who soon pulled over a 2016 white Jeep Liberty.

Image source: Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office

  • Inside the vehicle were three suspects ranging in age from 15 to 17, along with 19-year-old Keilon Johnson. Deputies also found latex gloves, facial masks and dark clothing.

Keilon Johnson (Image source: Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office)

  • The sheriff’s office said their investigation revealed the foursome's robbery and kidnapping plot — which included confronting and subduing the father — and they all have been charged with attempted kidnapping and attempted home invasion robbery.
  • Johnson was booked into the Okaloosa County Jail, and the other suspects were taken to a juvenile detention facility.
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