Friday, November 24, 2017
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Lakeland brothers charged in armed burglary of Ridge Manor home

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RIDGE MANOR — Two Lakeland brothers were arrested Monday after breaking into a home and pointing a handgun at the homeowner, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Demetrius Allen, 33, and Leon Allen, 20, face charges of armed burglary. The older brother also faces charges of aggravated assault with a firearm and fleeing and eluding.

About 11:15 a.m., deputies responded to a call about a residential burglary in the 5000 block of Emerald Drive in Ridge Manor. Authorities say the homeowner arrived home and found two men leaving. One of the men pointed a handgun at the owner. They then got in a vehicle and fled.

The owner provided a description of both the vehicle and the suspects, and deputies spotted the vehicle at Spring Lake Highway and Cortez Boulevard. They followed the vehicle until additional units arrived, and deputies attempted to stop it at Cortez and Interstate 75. The driver fled south.

The men eventually stopped along I-75 and ran into a pasture. They were found walking by a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer on Hickory Hill Road.

Demetrius Allen, a career offender, was being held Monday evening at the Hernando County Detention Center without bail. Leon Allen was being held in lieu of $25,000 bail.

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