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Video: Sarasota homeowner fights off armed burglars with machete

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SARASOTA CO., FL (WWSB) - Five South Florida men were arrested Friday in connection with an armed burglary.

The Sarasota County Sheriff's Office arrested the suspects in a robbery attempt that occurred early Thursday morning in Sarasota.

Just after 4:45 a.m., the Public Safety Communications Center received a report of a suspicious person armed with a rifle at a home in the 2100 block of Dodge Avenue.

As deputies were responding, they learned that the homeowner disarmed the one suspect and was holding him until law enforcement arrived. Two more suspects were involved, but fled prior to the arrival of deputies.

Based on a description of the suspect's vehicle, deputies were able to quickly locate it at a gas station in the 5600 block of Fruitville Road. Four men wearing dark clothing were found inside the car, one of whom was carrying several zip ties.

All five men were interviewed by detectives and two of them admitted to committing the robbery.

Surveillance video from the victim's home captured the entire incident.

The video shows Alen Beltran-Vazquez, Angel Cabrera-Basulto and Ronier Jauregui-Lorente enter the victim's porch armed with a shotgun, machete and crowbar in an attempt to rob the victim. Cabrera-Basulto and Jauregui-Lorente are seen fleeing the home while the victim arms himself with a machete and holds Beltran-Vazquez until deputies arrive.

Detectives identified Jorge Valido-Leyva and Roberto Salcedo-Balanza as the other men in the vehicle and through interviews, learned that they helped coordinate and plan the robbery.

All five men are in custody at the Sarasota County Jail without bond.

Beltran-Vazquez is charged with two counts of armed robbery and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Jauregui-Lorente and Cabrera-Basulto are each charged with two counts of armed robbery. Valido-Leyva and Salcedo-Balanza face two counts each of principal to armed robbery.

The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending.