MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB)-- UPDATE THURSDAY 7/11/19 5:00PM
Four men picked the wrong war veteran to rob-- and two of them paid a severe price.
The two other people suspected of being involved in the home invasion are in custody at the Marion County jail.
It happened in a quiet neighborhood in Summerfield.
Four men broke into the home nestled between the trees with the intention of robbing the homeowner, who police have not yet named.
Two of those individuals didn't make it out alive and the homeowner was sent to the hospital.
A quiet neighborhood…where many of the residents who live there feel safe.
"I am a little surprised because it's not the norm for the neighborhood,” said June Samuels, a neighbor of the victim.
Tucked behind trees…
"You can't see his house from the road,” Samuels said.
Lives June Samuels neighbor, a war veteran, attacked and now recovering in the hospital after four men broke into the home with the intention of stealing marijuana and guns.
Two of those men, Robert John Hamilton, and Seth Adam Rodriguez were later caught and arrested while the other two suspects Keith Jackson Jr. and Nigel Doyle died in the incident.
"It's sad that anybody had to die,” Samuels said.
Jackson Jr. was found wearing a "Jason" mask, carrying a semi-automatic pistol.
The homeowner was found with an AR-15 rifle.
"Detectives were informed that they believe one of the suspects showed up earlier that evening and was knocking on the door and he had left and the homeowner had gone to sleep and the four individuals showed up after,” said Public Information Officer with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Valerie Strong.
During the investigation, Major Crimes detectives learned that the homeowner vaguely remembers one of the suspects from a past Craigslist transaction.
"When you do anything online, it's very important to be vigilant on the people you are doing transactions with and we recommend doing it in a public space to make sure no one knows where your home is,” Strong said.
Some neighbors including Samuels, think this could have been strategically planned out by the intruders.
"I told the police before that on the weekend I saw a car, a newer car, Volkswagen car that they had reversed into a lot that's empty next door. I saw it for two days and my neighbors' aid they saw it prior to that so this was not just a random act on their part,” Samuels said.
According to the police report, detectives did find a black Volkswagen parked near the residences, registered to Jackson Jr.
"And the point is that what happened could happen anywhere, is what I want to stress. There's nothing wrong with the neighborhood, it's the people who came from another neighborhood,” Samuels said.
The homeowner is recovering at the hospital, he is in the ICU recovering from his injuries.
Both suspects have been arrested and are being held at the Marion County Jail with no bond.
Rodriguez was arrested for homicide and home invasion robbery with a firearm.
Hamilton was arrested for home invasion robbery with a firearm.
UPDATE: THURSDAY 7/11/19 10:30AM
Robert John Hamilton, 19, and Seth Adam Rodriguez, 22, were arrested for their part in a home invasion that left two suspects dead and the homeowner in the hospital.
When deputies arrived on the scene, they found one suspect dead, who was identified as Keith Jackson Jr., 21,
According to reports, Jackson was wearing a "Jason" mask on top of his head, gloves on both hands, blue jeans, and a black shirt. There was a black semi-automatic pistol with the slide locked back found near his head.
Another suspect, identified as Nigel Doyle, 22, and the homeowner were found suffering from gunshot wounds.
Deputies also located Hamilton and Rodriguez and detained them for questioning. Jackson Jr. and the homeowner were taken to the hospital where Jackson Jr. later died.
The homeowner is in stable condition.
During the investigation, Major Crimes detectives learned the homeowner vaguely remembers one of the suspects from a past Craigslist transaction. Hamilton and Rodriguez informed detectives that the four of them went to the victim’s home with the intention of robbing the homeowner of marijuana and guns.
Both suspects were arrested. Rodriguez was charged for Homicide and Home Invasion Robbery with a Firearm; Hamilton was arrested for Home Invasion Robbery with a Firearm. Rodriguez and Hamilton are being held at the Marion County Jail on No Bond.
Marion County Sheriff's deputies are investigating a home invasion that happened Wednesday night.
Sheriff's deputies say just before 8:30 p.m., they received a call about a Summerfield home invasion with shots being fired.
When deputies arrived at SE 32nd Court Road, they found one of the suspects dead, another still alive, and the homeowner also suffering from gunshot wounds.