Williston man convicted in home invasion robbery


Published: Friday, June 21, 2013 at 6:11 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, June 21, 2013 at 6:11 p.m.

A Williston man was found guilty Thursday night of multiple charges relating to a 2011 home invasion robbery in Alachua County in which the victim was forced at gunpoint to go to an ATM for money.

Albert Haynes Jr., 22, was convicted of home invasion robbery, carjacking, kidnapping, battery, assault and theft, said Darry Lloyd, spokesman for the State Attorney's Office.

Haynes was acquitted of the charge of tampering with a witness.

Haynes and two other Williston men, Leslie Craig Edwards, 23, and Anthony John Brown, 23, were arrested shortly after the Dec. 1, 2011, robbery.

Assistant State Attorney Omar Hechavarria said Edwards and Brown last year pleaded no contest to charges related to the robbery and were sentenced to prison.

Arrest reports from the Alachua County Sheriff's Office stated that Haynes knocked on the victim's door, said he had been assaulted and wanted to use the phone.

The men went into the house and forced the victim to sit on the floor with a blanket over his head while they searched the house. They also forced the victim to go to an ATM and withdraw money.

A deputy responding to the victim's call spotted the men in a car driven by Brown. A search found the victim's television and camera bag, along with cash. Also found were two black pellet pistols.

The reports indicate the victim was targeted because he lives near a friend of the suspects.

Hechavarria said Haynes has previous convictions for burglaries and a carjacking. The Florida Department of Corrections website shows he was released from prison in July 2010 after serving about three years.

It took the jury about three hours to reach a verdict Thursday night following a two-day trial. Hechavarria said Haynes is set for sentencing next week and faces a potential life sentence.

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