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Hillsborough deputies arrest three in North Tampa home invasion

TAMPA — Three people forced their way into a North Tampa apartment, stole a cell phone and fired a gun as they fled Sunday morning, officials said.

Roderick Steven Tootle, 25, was armed with a .40 caliber Smith & Wesson pistol when he kicked open the door to an apartment at 10200 N Armenia Ave. and demanded money from a person inside, an arrest report shows. Miranda Smith Tootle, 47, and Tangela Deshae Tootle, 23, also broke in and demanded money, the report said.

Roderick Tootle hit the victim on the head with the gun, the report said. Before the three fled in a 2001 Ford Taurus, he fired the gun, according to the report.

A short time later, a deputy stopped the Taurus. Each suspect faces a robbery home invasion charge. Roderick Tootle also faces counts of aggravated assault with deadly weapon fire, discharging a firearm in public and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

The suspects share an address, according to records, but it was unclear how they are related.

Hillsborough deputies arrest three in North Tampa home invasion 10/23/11 [Last modified: Sunday, October 23, 2011 8:03pm]
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