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Injured suspect arrested in attempted home invasion, charged with murder

CLEARWATER — Authorities have arrested one man who they say was injured during an attempted home invasion robbery Tuesday night that left another man dead.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, deputies arrested Ramond Herrial, 18, of 1156 N Keene Road on Thursday and charged him with felony murder.

Investigators said Herrial, 19-year-old Anson B. Felton of Clearwater, and another man went to a home at 2311 Lorena Lane just before midnight Tuesday and tried to rob the home's occupants. Two of them were armed with weapons, deputies said.

The plan went awry when one of the home's occupants pulled out his own weapon and started shooting at the intruders. Felton died and Herrial was wounded after they were shot by that resident, deputies said.

Deputies found Herrial at a hospital in Hillsborough County, where he was dropped off after the shooting.

Another man also was injured during the robbery attempt. Deputies said that the resident who shot the intruders also accidentally shot one of his roommates. The roommate suffered injuries that were not life-threatening.

"As far as I know, he was going to be all right," said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Cecilia Barreda.

Deputies have not yet released the names of the men who lived in the home, which is just outside the Clearwater city limits.

Late Wednesday, Herriel was arrested by Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office deputies on a warrant obtained by Pinellas homicide detectives. Once Herriel is medically cleared for release, he will be taken to the Hillsborough County Jail and later moved to the Pinellas County Jail, deputies said.

Pinellas investigators say they are still looking for the third person who was involved in the attempted robbery. He is described as a black male, about 17 to 19 years old, approximately 6 feet to 6 feet 1 and 165 to 175 pounds. He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweat shirt.

They are also looking for 25-year-old Datarius Aereon Reed, who was in the home at the time and witnessed the crime.

The Sheriff's Office said they do not believe the crime was random, but have not yet explained whether the robbers knew their victims or what they were trying to steal.

Neighbors said the residents of the home frequently held large parties.

According to Pinellas court records, Felton was convicted of cocaine possession in December. Herriel does not have a criminal record in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.

Herrial was charged under a state law that says a person who commits a felony crime bears responsibility if another person dies during the commission of the crime.

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How to help

Detectives ask anyone who knows how to locate witness Datarius Aereon Reed, 25, or who has information that can help identify the third robber, to call the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office robbery/homicide unit at (727) 582-6200. Or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers of Pinellas at 1-800-873-8477 or go the website at www.crime

Injured suspect arrested in attempted home invasion, charged with murder 04/14/11 [Last modified: Thursday, April 14, 2011 8:14pm]
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