Two people were forced into a bathroom and taped together after three people muscled their way into a home about 1 a.m. Wednesday.
The incident occurred after a woman came to the front door of a home at 3341 S Fairway Ter. and asked to use a telephone because her vehicle had broken down, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office reported. Joan Jarvis, 49, who lives at the home, told the woman to go to the garage to use a cordless phone there.
When Jarvis' acquaintance, 21-year-old Anthony Schoene, opened the garage door, he found the woman and a man waiting for him, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office. The man told Schoene he had a pistol, and another man ran into the garage holding a rifle.
The suspects forced Jarvis and Schoene into the home's master bedroom and demanded money, the news release said. Jarvis' hands were taped behind her back, and Schoene reported he was struck with a gun.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Gail Tierney said no description of the suspects' clothing or vehicle was available Wednesday.
Schoene told sheriff's investigators that he gave the suspects some expensive gold jewelry and several hundred dollars in cash. They also took several hundred dollars from Jarvis' dresser, a small amount from her purse and an expensive tennis bracelet.
The suspects then put the victims in a bathroom, taped them together and ran away, the news release said.
Jarvis and Schoene removed the tape and notified the Sheriff's Office.
According to the agency, Schoene had some marks on his arms and legs that appeared to be from the tape, and a bump on his forehead.
He refused medical treatment. Jarvis was uninjured.
Anyone with information about the incident should call the Sheriff's Office crime tips line toll-free 1-888-269-8477.