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'Don't move, or I'll kill you,' intruder warned Plant City woman

Workers sweep glass out of the intersection of Reynolds and Alexander Streets where two Plant City police officers fired at least six shots at Jacob Munt, 25, near the ABC Pizza House.

CHERIE DIEZ | Times

Workers sweep glass out of the intersection of Reynolds and Alexander Streets where two Plant City police officers fired at least six shots at Jacob Munt, 25, near the ABC Pizza House.

PLANT CITY — Robbin Broadnax stumbled into her living room early Tuesday morning, still half asleep. The loud wail of her home's security system had woken her up. The alarm had gone off accidentally before, and she assumed it was happening again.

Then, out of the dark, she heard a man's voice say, "Don't move, or I'll kill you."

"I just screamed and ran back into the bedroom, where my husband was," Broadnax said.

The man, whom Plant City police identified as Jacob Munt, 25, of Orlando, kept Broadnax, her husband and their two children in their home for 30 minutes, demanding cash and a car before fleeing, Broadnax said.

Police said he then broke into another home, stole a car and rammed two patrol cars before officers shot him, chased after him and then arrested him.

No officers were injured. Munt received upper-body wounds and was in stable condition Tuesday evening at Lakeland Regional Medical Center.

Police said the events started about 5 a.m. at the Broadnax home on Hunter Street. After their encounter in the living room, Munt followed Broadnax to her bedroom, she said. While showing what appeared to be a handgun covered in cloth, he demanded cash and the keys to her vehicle.

"He told us, 'I don't want to hurt anybody; just give me what I asked for,'" she said.

Broadnax and her husband complied, but warned Munt that their vehicles had tracking systems. He became agitated, Broadnax said, and ordered them to turn off the home's security system and get their kids out of bed.

"It was intense," she said. "I was just praying that no one would hurt my children."

As Munt and her husband went into the living room, she woke her 4-year-old son and 17-year-old daughter and sat down with them on the carpet in front of her bedroom closet. She grabbed her phone and dialed 911. Her husband, Devan Broadnax, tried to talk to Munt, even offering him a doughnut when Munt said he was hungry.

Soon after, Munt became distraught, walked out the back door and jumped over a fence, Broadnax said.

"It was terrifying," she said. "We were so shaken up."

While police responded, Munt broke into another nearby home on Oakwood Lane, where he threatened to harm the victim if she failed to give him the keys to her car, police said.

He was inside the stolen vehicle when police attempted to pull him over at Alexander and Reynolds streets about 6:21 a.m.

During the stop, Munt rammed two Plant City cruisers, police said. Two officers fired at least six shots at Munt, striking him in the upper body, police said.

A wounded Munt then drove south on Alexander. Police chased him and eventually used stop sticks at Alexander Street and James L. Redman Parkway to pierce the vehicle's tires. The vehicle came to a stop behind a Walmart.

Police say they are unsure if Munt was armed.

Charges are pending, and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Hillsborough County State Attorney's Office are conducting independent investigations into the incident.

The two officers involved in the shooting, John Stasiak and Steve Carmack, have been placed on paid administrative leave.

Munt has a lengthy arrest record in Florida. Less than two months ago, he was released from state prison, where he served two years of a five-year sentence for grand theft auto, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, fleeing to elude a law enforcement officer, robbery and false imprisonment, according to state records. The charges stem from incidents that happened in Orange County during 2007.

Broadnax said police told her Munt ended up in Plant City after a vehicle he stole in Orange County broke down.

Shelley Rossetter can be reached at srossetter@sptimes.com or (813) 661-2442.

'Don't move, or I'll kill you,' intruder warned Plant City woman 08/16/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 12:12am]
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