Four Arrested for Armed Home Robbery

Sarasota Police say the suspects stole two laptops, XBOX 360 and two safes during the armed home robbery on Wood Street.

Four suspects were arrested today by Sarasota police, who allege they are responsible for a burglary and home invasion at the same apartment on Friday.

Police have charged the following for armed home invasion with a firearm and burglary of an unoccupied home:

• Fabio Emmanuel Estrada, 19, of 4800-block Victoria Ave.

• Charles E. West, 18, of 400-block Caruso Place

• Anna Arellano, 20, of 230-block Clark Ave., Bradenton

• A male 17-year-old from Sarasota

It's unclear at this time if the 17-year-old was charged as an adult.

Police responded to the 2100 block of Wood Street at 3:20 a.m. Friday for a reported armed home invasion, and during the investigation, learned that same home was burglarized earlier in the night.

Police said the suspects stole two laptop computers, two safes and an XBOX 360. 

The victim had planned to talk to his roommate and then report the burglary to police the next morning, police said, but the victims soon found themselves held up in their own home by suspects wearing bandanas to hide their faces.

One suspect was armed with a semi-automatic handgun and another suspect had a knife, police said.

The suspects stole a green duffel bag filled with clothes and then left the scene in a red convertible with a tan top.

During the robbery one of the suspects mentioned "Fabio," police said. The victims believed that Fabio lived on Proctor Road near Las Vegas Road.

An officer issued a lookout for the car, and a sheriff's deputy spotted the car on Victoria Avenue, police said.

Both the officer and deputy contacted Estrada at his Victoria Avenue home, where Estrada turned over one of the laptops stolen during the burglary to the officers, police said.

Detectives later identified and found three other suspects, and during a consent search, detectives recovered two stolen safes, the other stolen laptop, a green duffel bag with clothes, a silver .25 semi-automatic handgun and a knife.

Arellano was identified as the driver of the getaway vehicle for the burglary and the robbery, police said. 

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Roberson at 941-954-7070.

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