Intruder points handgun at baby in Cedar Key

The case is the city’s first known home robbery.

Published: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 9:19 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 9:19 a.m.

Cedar Key's police chief said his tiny island city finally entered the 21st century Tuesday night, but in an bad way.

The city's first known home invasion robbery was reported and involved an intruder pointing a handgun at an 8-month-old baby's head, police said. One shot was fired, but no one was injured.

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Chief Virgil Sandlin said the crime happened after 9:30 p.m. in a duplex at the intersection of Gulf Boulevard and Whiddon Avenue. The victims included the baby, the baby's 18-year-old mother and its 53-year-old grandfather.

The adult victims told police they were seated on opposite ends of a couch with the baby between them when they heard a knock on the door. The woman said she told the person knocking to come in.

A man dressed completely in black, wearing a ski mask and gloves, walked in carrying a gun, the victims said, and pointed it at the man's neck. According to Sandlin, the intruder told the man to hand over his wallet, money and pills. When the man said he didn't have those items, the intruder turned the gun on the mother, who also said she had no money or pills.

The witnesses said the man next pointed the handgun on the baby and told the adults to give him pills or the baby would be killed.

Sandlin said the investigation was continuing into what happened next, but investigators were certain one shot was fired into the floor and then the gunman apparently fled.

Anyone with information about the case is urged to call the police department at 352-543-5180 or Levy County Crime Stoppers at 877-349-8477.

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