KISSIMMEE – Thanks to a tip that came in to Crimelime, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office have been able to trace three men believed to have been involved in a home invasion and kidnapping in Kissimmee, which led to a robbery at an Amscot money store in Hunter’s Creek.
Late last night, Osceola County Sheriff’s detectives were able to contact law enforcement officials in two other states to arrest the three suspects. Taken into custody were Christopher Stefan Perry and his brother Atwood A. Perry, Jr. in Columbia, S.C. They’re currently confined in the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Richland County, S.C.
The tip also enabled law enforcement officials to make an arrest in Lexington, Kentucky of the third suspect, Jonathan Albert Giraldo, who is currently being held at the Fayette County Detention Center in that city.
They were charged in an incident that started on Sunday, Feb. 5, when the manager of an Amscot store reported to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office that he’d been forced by the suspects to drive to the money store and get money for the men, who had been posing as police officers.
Around 9:07 a.m. that morning, Orange County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a call from the Amscot at 13651 Hunters Oak Drive in the Hunter’s Creek neighborhood of South Orlando. The manager of the cash advance store, which was closed at the time, said the four men had broken into his Kissimmee home and forced him to return to the store to open the safe.
Two men had kidnapped the store’s manager from his home, where they also tied up his family. The two suspects drove the manager to the Orange County store to open up the safe. Two other workers inside store were held against their will at the time of the robbery.
The men fled the store with an undisclosed amount of money, but left behind a bag. That promopted the Orange County Sheriff’s Office to call in a bomb squad to investigate it, although no explosives were found inside.
On Monday, Amscot offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects, and issued a statement noting, “Amscot Financial appreciates the expressions of interest and concern regarding our associates involved in yesterday’s incident. Please be assured they are fine and are taking some time off.”
As Orange County deputies were investigating the Amscot robbery, they requested that the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office check the manager’s home at Oakbrook Court in Kissimmee. When Osceola deputies got there, they found the victim’s family members had been tied up, but had been able to free themselves.
“Deputies took statements from the family members and processed the residence for evidence,” said Twis Lizasuain, public information officer for the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, in her report on the arrests.
Detectives also interviewed the manager and his family, “and they are cooperating with the investigation,” Lizasuain said. “At this time, there does not appear to be a relationship between the manager and the suspects.”
It was a Crimeline tip that provided information that led to the suspects’ arrests out of state. Lizasuain said their investigation revealed that the suspects had gotten into the Kissimme family’s home by pretending to be law enforcement officers. They had brandished a gun during the kidnapping.
All three men will be extradited to Osceola County. Once they get to the Osceola County Jail, then Christopher S. Perry, 21, of 4308 Creeks Run Boulevard in Kissimmee; Atwood A. Perry Jr., 40, of 119 Grandview Circle in Columbia, S.C.; and Jonathan Albert Giraldo, 28, of 4302 Creeks Run Road in Kissimmee will be charged with armed home invasion with a firearm, kidnapping, armed robbery with a firearm, aggravated assault with a firearm with intent to commit a felony, wearing a mask during a second degree felony, grand theft, false imprisonment, battery and impersonating a law enforcement officer.
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