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Clearwater police apprehend home invasion suspect

CLEARWATER — A suspect in an armed home invasion and vehicle theft in Largo was caught Saturday by Clearwater police.

Shortly after 11 a.m., Aaron Joseph Wilson kicked in the door of a Largo home, threatened a man with a .38 revolver and said he needed to use the man's sport utility vehicle, authorities said.

The victim, Daniel Machado, told police that Wilson was his daughter's friend and that he had previously lived at the home. He said Wilson told him he didn't want to hurt him.

Machado gave Wilson the keys and Wilson took off in Machado's 2004 Toyota Highlander, an arrest report said.

Clearwater officers received a bulletin about the Largo crimes and spotted the Highlander near Belcher Road and Logan Street just before 11:30 p.m.

Wilson, 18, started to speed up after he saw cruisers, but stopped and surrendered at Belcher and Gulf-to-Bay Boulevard, authorities said. A cruiser sustained minor damage because the Highlander rolled into it while Wilson was removed from the SUV.

Wilson, who is homeless according to authorities, faces charges of home invasion robbery, grand theft motor vehicle, delinquent felon in possession of a weapon, fleeing and eluding law enforcement and driving without a valid license. He was being held at the Pinellas County Jail on $140,250 bail.

Clearwater police apprehend home invasion suspect 12/04/11 [Last modified: Monday, December 5, 2011 7:57am]
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