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Three charged in home invasion and robbery in Brooksville

BROOKSVILLE — Hernando County deputies arrested three people, including a 17-year-old, suspected in a home invasion last week in Brooksville.

Authorities said Anthony Wayne Bennett Jr. and Magen Elizabeth Churchill were at the victim's home in the 27400 block of Church Road on Nov. 9 when the teen kicked in the front screen door.

Wearing a long-sleeve shirt, a stocking cap and a blue bandanna over his face, the teen is accused of pointing a weapon described as a small black semiautomatic handgun at the victim and demanding money.

When the victim refused the teen's demand to empty his pockets, he was struck on the right side of his head with the handgun, according to the arrest report. During a struggle with the victim, the teen is accused of taking a bottle containing about 90 oxycodone pills that was on the stove and then fleeing through the rear door.

Bennett and Churchill also fled the home during the struggle.

The teenager, who isn't being identified because he is a juvenile, was soon identified as a suspect in the case. But during the investigation, Bennett and Churchill told authorities they couldn't identify the assailant and didn't know if the youth was involved.

The youth, however, told authorities that Bennett came up with a plan to take the victim to the doctor and pharmacy to get the prescription and later rob him. The teen told authorities he planned to take the victim's medication and sell it for money.

Bennett and Churchill later admitted to having a conversation with the youth about the robbery, and Bennett told deputies that he knew the teen was the masked assailant who entered the victim's home.

Bennett, Churchill and the teen all face charges of home invasion robbery. The teen was arrested Friday and taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice holding facility in Ocala. Bennett, 23, and Churchill, 20, both of Brooksville, were taken into custody Tuesday and transported to the Hernando County jail.

Bennett was being held in lieu of $75,000 bail, and Churchill remained behind bars on $50,000 bail.

Joel Anderson can be reached at joelanderson@sptimes.com or (352) 754-6120.

Three charged in home invasion and robbery in Brooksville 11/18/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 18, 2009 8:08pm]

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