Fugitives wanted in violent North Port home invasion captured

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office, working in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals Florida Regional Fugitive Task Force, has captured two suspects wanted for the brutal home invasion robbery on Santurce Avenue in North Port last April.

According to the sheriff's office, early on the 25th, two men forced their way into the home and held the victims at gunpoint, bound their hands and demanded their wallets and keys to vehicles parked out front. When the suspects freed the hands of one of the victims so he could sign the titles over to them, the victims fought back. There was a long, violent fight between the victims and their attackers leaving all parties with serious injuries.

Forensic technicians collected evidence including blood samples, weapons and clothing worn by the suspects. A fingerprint recovered from duct tape was a positive match to a 16-year-old suspect.  Detectives presented photos of that suspect and 37-year-old Armando Rojas, Sr., to the victims and they both positively identified Rojas, Sr. as the first attacker through the door.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office Fugitive Apprehension Unit developed information that the suspects were living in Pharr, Texas, and forwarded the lead to the Texas Gulf Coast Fugitive Task Force. Both suspects were taken into custody Monday.

They are charged with two counts each of Home Invasion Robbery with a Weapon, Kidnapping and Grand Theft of a Motor Vehicle. They are currently in Hidalgo County Jail awaiting extradition to Sarasota County.