March 18, 2015

Second suspect arrested in home invasion robbery

A second person has been arrested for a home invasion robbery that took place in Key Largo on February 26th.

The first suspect, 37 year old Brandon Rettich, was arrested by Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Homestead just days after the crime occurred. The second suspect, 33 year old Benjamin Douglas, was booked into the Plantation Key Jail today charged with false imprisonment, armed burglary and grand theft.

The two men are accused of tying up a Key Largo man in his home, pointing a gun at him and threatening to kill him. They then stole cash and guns and fled the scene. The victim was able to recognize and identify Rettich, even though both men used hoods and masks to hide their faces.

The victim said he was sleeping on his couch at his Drury Drive apartment at 3 a.m. Thursday when the two suspects entered through an unlocked door. He said they pointed a pistol at him and one suspect tied his hands behind his back using zip ties.

The victim said they took him from the apartment to his parent’s house nearby and they all entered the home through a window. Once inside, he said the two suspects used a Taser on him and ransacked the home. He said at one point, one of the suspects told the other to “pop” him, which he took to mean “kill” him. He said he was afraid he was going to die.

The suspects found cash hidden in his parent’s house. They also found four rifles and two shotguns. They took the cash and the guns and left the house. The victim said he heard them leave in a vehicle. He said after he heard them leave, he ran to a neighbor’s house for help.

Information developed during the investigation by Detective Bob Dosh led to the identification of Douglas and a subsequent warrant for his arrest.

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