Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Public safety

One arrested, one sought in violent Largo home invasion

LARGO — Authorities have arrested one man they say participated in a violent home invasion that sent one man to the hospital Sunday night.

Another man was still on the run Monday evening, Pinellas deputies said.

Reginald Lamarr Bell, a 26-year-old transient from Clearwater, was found close to where the attack occurred at 13473 W Rena Drive.

He was charged with home invasion robbery and obstructing or resisting an officer without violence. On Monday, he was being held in the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $50,150 bail.

According to the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, it was about 9 p.m. when two men broke into the Rena Drive apartment. Both were wearing ski masks and holding guns. The men ordered the 10 people inside the apartment to get on the floor and demanded a safe from the rear bedroom, deputies said.

The two suspects beat and pistol-whipped one of the residents when he did not move fast enough, deputies said. That man, Kenneth Ogden, 41, was hospitalized with injuries that do not appear to be life threatening.

One of Ogden's roommates, 23-year-old Megan Fisher, was able to hide inside a closet and call 911 from a cell phone, officials said.

As deputies arrived, the two gunmen ran out a back door, deputies said. Bell was quickly captured nearby and found with a gun and property taken from the apartment, officials said.

Police dogs and a helicopter unit continued to search for the second man, who was not identified by the Sheriff's Office, but were unsuccessful. He remained at-large Monday.

Authorities said numerous people live at the apartment. They declined to identify many of them, citing the ongoing investigation.

According to the Sheriff's Office, the attack was not random. Deputies said they believe the apartment was targeted, as it appears the victims know the gunmen. Authorities said they believe Bell and his accomplice were seeking money and drugs.

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