Polk deputies are looking for a suspect who broke into the Davenport vacation rental while the family slept
DAVENPORT, Florida. – Polk County deputies are looking for a home invasion suspect who they believe entered a vacation rental home in the middle of the night while a family was sleeping.
Sheriff Grady Judd said the incident happened in the early morning hours of April 1, when a family on vacation from Michigan was still sleeping in their rental home in Davenport.
A 19-year-old girl who slept in one of the upstairs bedrooms said she felt the sheet come off her and then come back on her. She first thought it was one of her siblings playing an April Fool’s Day prank on her and went back to sleep.
“My daughter told me that someone came into her room, woke her up, threw a light in her face, threw down her covers as if trying to see what she was wearing, what she was wearing, threw the blanket back and ran out of the room,” said the teen’s father, who declined to identify himself.
The teen’s father saw the suspect come out of one of the upstairs rooms and asked him what he was doing in the house. The man replied that he had just entered through an open door.
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When the father asked him to show him which door and lead him downstairs, he said the man rushed out the back sliding glass door.
“Dad said the guy looked like he was stoned or out of his mind,” Sheriff Judd said at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. “Maybe he was just stoned or in the wrong house. But he clearly wandered around that house for a while in that house before dad saw him.”
The sheriff said that because the house is in an area with other short-term rentals, authorities are concerned there could be other victims – and said he ‘could be someone who works his nerves for a more sinister crime”.
Deputies searched the area for the suspect, bringing in a K9 and a drone to assist in the search, but were unable to find him.
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“It’s serious business when people start breaking into your house, especially when you’re there, and really especially while you’re sleeping and relatively helpless,” Judd said. “That would be burglary with occupied home invasion – a very serious crime to break into someone’s home while they are there.”
The suspect is described as a well-cut black man, about 6ft 2in tall and weighing around 160lbs. He is estimated to be between 19 and 20 years old.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Polk County Sheriff’s Office.