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Published: Saturday, December 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, December 1, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

3 people robbed, held at gunpoint in Levy by 4 men

Four men robbed three people, holding them at gunpoint at a Morriston home in Levy County early Thursday, the Sheriff's Office reported.

Deputies were searching for the suspects who forced their way into a residence at 19650 SE 35th St. about 8 a.m., Levy County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Evan Sullivan said. Two women in the home were held at gunpoint. A man at the residence was pistol-whipped when he tried to escape by jumping through a window.

The robbers stole an undisclosed amount of money from the home, located about five miles from the Levy and Marion county line, according to officers.

Reporting on the robbery was delayed because of a language barrier with the victims, Sullivan said. The three people at the home are Hispanic.

Sullivan said officers did not know what prompted the robbery or why the suspects targeted the residence.

The suspects were described as black males. One man was 5-foot-8 or 5-foot-9, had a chubby face and was wearing camouflage pants or long camouflage shorts and a long-sleeved shirt. He spoke fluent Spanish, officers reported.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Investigator Mike Narayan at (352) 486-5111 ext. 265 or Crime Stoppers at (877) 349-8477.

- Lise Fisher

Robber hits McDonald's but leaves empty-handed

A locked safe thwarted an armed robber who tried to hold up a Gainesville McDonald's as employees were leaving work late Thursday, police reported.

The man left the business at 5110 NW 43rd St. without getting any cash, Gainesville Police Sgt. David Rowe said. No one was injured in the incident.

As employees were closing up the restaurant about 11:45 p.m., a man wearing a ski mask confronted them at the business' front door, Rowe said. The robber ordered employees to get on the ground before asking them to open the safe.

But the store's manager said they weren't able to because the safe was on a timer and couldn't be opened.

"He got frustrated and left out of the front door without getting any money," Rowe said.

Employees at a nearby Publix saw a vehicle that might have been linked to the robbery leaving the area at a high rate of speed and heading west on NW 53rd Avenue, police reported. They described the vehicle as a dark-colored car with four people inside.

A description of the robber listed him as black, 5-foot-8, about 150 pounds and wearing a black, shiny jacket with a hood, a black ski mask and gloves.

Rowe said police don't know at this time if the case is related to other recent area business robberies.

- Lise Fisher


Police say boy stabbed in eyes by his aunt

LAUDERHILL - Authorities in Lauderhill say a 12-year-old boy was stabbed in both eyes by a family member.

Police say his aunt stabbed him around 1 a.m. but authorities were not notified for 10 hours. The cause of the attack and the reason for the delay to contact authorities are not yet known. But police say the aunt also injured her own eye.

She and the boy are being treated at Broward General Medical Center.

- The Associated Press

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