Four teens charged in burglary attempt
One boy reportedly fired twice in the victim's direction.
Published: Saturday, May 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 30, 2010 at 11:22 p.m.
A pair of 18-year-old roommates and two teenage boys were charged with staging a burglary during which a gun was fired twice. No injuries were reported.
Gainesville police said the incident happened at the Courtney Greens Apartments at 3751 S.W. 20th Ave. at about 8:30 p.m. Thursday.
Those arrested included a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old boy whose names are being withheld by The Sun because they are juveniles. Also arrested were Julisa Altagracia Espinal and Rukmini Suarez, who share an apartment at the Legacy at Fort Clarke apartments at 1501 Fort Clarke Blvd. The defendants were charged with attempted armed burglary and conspiracy. Espinal was also charged with being an accessory after the fact.
In a report on the incident, Officer John M. Pandak wrote that Espinal drove all four of them to Courtney Greens, where they had a group discussion about burglarizing the apartment of Cory Vincent Hudacko. It was not immediately clear why Hudacko was targeted.
According to Pandak, the four co-conspirators asked other residents where Hudacko lived and whether he was home. Once they determined which apartment was Hudacko's and that he was away, police say, one of the boys acted as a lookout while the other boy broke a window to gain access to the apartment. At that point, Hudacko returned home, according to Pandak, and confronted the boys. While one ran off, the other reportedly pulled out a .38-caliber revolver and fired twice in Hudacko's direction.
The boys ran back to Espinal's car, and she drove all four of them out of the complex, police said.
After police picked up the four alleged co-conspirators, Pandak said Espinal and Suarez were sent to an interview room that had been outfitted with recording equipment. Pandak said officers were able to listen and watch as the two female suspects "discussed the entire incident, their knowledge of the entire plan, and the way in which they lied to (police) about their involvement."
The boys were turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice while the 18-year-olds were booked into the Alachua County jail.