SHALIMAR, Fla., Nov. 8, 2017–Four Crestview teens are in custody after their plot to kidnap and rob a Baker family Nov. 7 didn’t go as planned.
The teens were armed with a knife, guns and a roll of tape. Deputies also found latex gloves, masks and dark clothing inside their vehicle.
Arrested were 19-year-old Keilon Johnson, 17-year-old Austin French, 16-year-old Tyree Johnson, and 15-year-old Kamauri Horn, all from Crestview.
The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office responded around 10:30 p.m. to a call of a possible home invasion robbery in progress at a home on Preservation Path.
The 51-year old homeowner said his 17-year-old daughter had called him to tell him that someone had blocked the road to their house with barrels. Instead of getting out of her car she drove around them.
A short time later her father heard his dogs barking and saw his front motion-activated flood lights come on. Hearing what sounded like his car door closing, he got his gun.
After spotting some individuals trying to force their way into his garage, he fired three shots and the intruders fled into the woods. He later learned they had unscrewed some of his security lights.
An alert neighbor who saw a suspicious car near her house around the same timeframe quickly called in a description of the vehicle to deputies, who spotted the 2016 White Jeep Liberty on Florida State Road 4 and made a felony traffic stop.
The OCSO investigation revealed the teens had concocted a plan to kidnap the teenage daughter.
The goal was to first force her out of her car by blocking the road with barrels and garbage cans.
They then planned to head to her house, confront and subdue her father–who they believed to be wealthy–and rob the home.
Instead all four defendants are now charged with attempted kidnapping and attempted home invasion robbery.
Johnson was booked into the Okaloosa County Jail. The other defendants were transferred to a Department of Juvenile Justice facility.
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office news release