Arrest made in 'horrific' home invasion

Polk County Sheriff's office - vicious attack

POINCIANA, Fla. - UPDATE: An arrest has been made in a brutal home invasion in Poinciana.  One suspect is in custody and a second is being sought.

Polk Sheriff Grady Judd is holding a news conference at this hour.  Click here for live coverage or follow this link:

"This is so horrific that it should stir the soul of everyone in our community."  Those are the exact words from Sheriff Grady Judd as he put out a call to the public to help solve a brutal home invasion robbery and rape.

Monday night around 11:00 p.m., a young man was approached on the street in Poinciana around the corner of Puffer Court and Halibut Road.  He was forced into his home by two men.

According to Polk County investigators, while inside, the men tied up the young man and his father and demanded cash.

At that same time, the young man's mother came out from the shower.  That is when robbery turned to rape.

"They take her into another room, and with a gun to her head," Judd said, "while the son and father are tied up, viscously sexually battered her."

But the horror for the woman would not stop there.

Judd continued, "Before they left, they did a complete body wash of the victim with bleach."

Deputies are looking for two light-skinned Hispanic males.  The first, 6'0" weighing 200 lbs, the second, 5'8" weighing 145 lbs, both between the ages of 26 - 38 years old.

Judd would refer to the men as "animals" who had to be "locked up."  He would explain that they need the public's help, and that there are specifically two things the public should be aware of.

One is that the two men left with a large jug of coins, and so if anyone notices someone turning in, or using a lot of change, they should give the Sheriff's Office a call. The other is that both men were wearing new gloves and masks, so if anyone has recently sold gloves and masks to anyone, you are being asked to give the Polk County Sheriff's Office a call.

Meanwhile, back in the Poinciana neighborhood where it happened, some women said they are scared.

"I usually sit and have the garage door open.  After this happened, no," Cathleen Barley would say.  

Kerri Hernandez would lament, "I'm speechless.  It's crazy.  I have a newborn at home."  

And with pain in her voice Ashley Boyd would express her thoughts, "I pray for the lady and her family. I hope they are alright. I hope they catch whoever did this."

As of Thursday morning, investigators had no leads in the case.

Anyone with information about this investigation is urged to contact Detective Jeanette Leonard at 863.298.6926 or 863.298.6200. 
Information can be provided anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 1.800.226.8477, or by visiting or visit  iPhone users can download a free tip submit app to anonymously report crime.  To install the free app, search for "TipSoft" or "TipSubmit" at the Apple App Store.
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