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Burglary Suspects Surrender After Laredo Drive Standoff [PROBABLE CAUSE ATTACHED]

By: Lanetra Bennett; James Buechele, Julie Montanaro Email
By: Lanetra Bennett; James Buechele, Julie Montanaro Email

UPDATED 1.18.2013 by Julie Montanaro

Antwon Davis and Vernon Jones are the men arrested after a two hour standoff in Tallahassee Thursday.

Arrest reports say the men used a flat chisel to break into a back sliding door of a home on Laredo Drive.

Police say the men stole two SONY Playstations, a computer, two shotguns and a semi-automatic rifle. Police reports say the men loaded the semi-automatic rifle before stealing it.

Arrest reports also say the men stole a North Florida Christian Championship ring from the home and Davis was still wearing it when he surrendered.

Arrest papers say Davis and Jones hid in the attic during the standoff.

The TAC Team was called out because the homeowners were avid hunters and police knew there were numerous "long gun firearms" in the house.


Tallahassee, FL - Two burglary suspects surrender after a more than two-hour stand-off with police. Both men are now in custody.

It was a scary moment, for dozens of residents in a northern Tallahassee neighborhood.

Tallahassee Police say someone called around 9:00 Thursday morning about a burglary at a nearby home.

The burglary was going on at 3057 Laredo Drive in Settler's Creek off of Mission Road.

Officers say when they got there, two suspects barricaded themselves in the house.

Witnesses say the first suspect came out crawling on the ground; it would take a little longer for the second suspect.

The owners of the home did not want to go on camera, but let WCTV in their home.

According to the home owners, the second suspect was hiding in an attic in the garage after the first one went out.

That's when TAC Team members started calling out at him, to "give up and come outside"...he finally did.

The standoff lasted about two and a half hours.

The home owners said nothing was broken or different in the home, just some residue from where the TAC team searched on the inside.

Police have not released the names of the suspects yet and say charges are pending.


Tallahassee, FL - 6:22 pm - Two men are caught in the middle of a burglary. Once Tallahassee Police made it to the home, the suspects barricaded themselves inside, which started a two and a half hour standoff.

Eyewitness News was there when the men surrendered.

Tallahassee Police negotiators could be heard on scene saying, "Listen, Vernon, or whatever your name is, the reason I'm yelling at you is because we're serious."

If the yelling from Tallahassee Police didn't sound serious, the TAC Team, guns, robot and K-9 should've sent the message.

An officer yells, "I don't want you to get hurt. But, it's a distinct possibility if you stay in that house like a child."

Police say a neighbor called them at 8:51 Thursday morning about a burglary at 3057 Laredo Drive in Settler's Creek off Mission Road.

Officers say when they got there, two suspects barricaded themselves in the house.

"Man up and come on out." Says, an officer.

Garrett Horvath lives across the street. He says, "It was so many cops, I didn't know what to think. I was scared. I was nervous for what was going on in the neighborhood."

Witnesses say the first suspect came out crawling on the ground. It would take a little longer for the second suspect.

To convince the second guy to come out, officers yelled, "We are not going away. There's no place in that little house that you can hide that's going to keep us from getting you. you're not going in the attic, you can't hide in the bedroom. This is not kindergarten. You cannot make this problem go away by hiding your head."

About two and a half hours into the standoff, two TAC team members walked the second guy out of the house.

Horvath says, "There was squad cars all throughout the neighborhood. There was no way for those people to get out of here, and I'm glad about that."

Neighbors say that they recognized the suspects. They say they've seen the men walking the streets before in the neighborhood.

It has not been confirmed if the two men are responsible for recent break-ins that neighbors say they've experienced in the neighborhood. But, residents say they hope Thursday's suspects are the culprits.

Terry Richardson lives in the neighborhood. He says he was alarmed when he first came home Thursday morning.

He says, "I was like, my God, I hope it's not my house because they were actually stationed in the yard out here. So, we were a little bit worried and concerned, but, glad they got them."

Police have not released the names of the suspects, yet. They say charges are pending.


Tallahassee, FL - 12:12 pm - Two men were taken in to custody this morning for a botched burglary on Laredo Drive. The residents were not home at the time that two men barricaded themselves inside the house. Neighbors report that they've seen the two suspects around the neighborhood, before.

Authorities are working to close down the scene, which blocked off parts of Laredo Drive this morning.

WCTV has reporters on scene and will bring you more information as it becomes available.


Tallahassee, FL - 12:02 pm- Gretchen Everhart has been taken off lockdown this morning. The lockdown ended around 11 am.

At this time, it's believed all suspects have been taken into custody.

WCTV has a reporter on scene and will bring you more information as soon as it becomes available.


Tallahassee, FL - 11:51 am - At this time, WCTV believes two burglary suspects have been taken in to custody.


Tallahassee, FL - 11:32 am- WCTV believes at this time that one suspect has surrendered. He was handcuffed and placed in to a patrol car.


Tallahassee, FL - 11:29 am - Springwood Elementary School was placed on a perimeter lockdown this morning, but that has been lifted.


Tallahassee, FL - 10:46 am - TPD officers got a call at 8:51 about a burglary in the 3,000 block of Laredo Drive.

When police arrived, the suspects barricaded themselves inside of the home.

Police will not say how many suspects there are inside. Officers say the residents of the home were not there and that it was a neighbor who made the call.

The suspects are still barricaded.

Laredo Rd. has been blocked off on McCord at Pinta Ct.

Stay with WCTV for more information.


Tallahassee, FL - 10:42 am - At around 10 am, WCTV received word that part of Laredo Dr. was blocked off, due to an unknown incident at a residence along the street.

A fire truck and EMS truck are on scene along with a hazardous devices truck, and several police cars.

Gretchen Everhart School has been put on lockdown.

Stay with WCTV for for more information


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