UPDATE: Deputies say homeowner’s grandaughter orchestrated home invasion

Northwest Florida

UPDATE (3:45 p.m. 3/4/21): Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Investigators arrested six people connected to the early Thursday morning armed home invasion, including the homeowner’s granddaughter, who deputies say orchestrated the crime.

On March 4, just before 4 a.m. ECSO deputies were called to the 7300-block of West Jackson Street in reference to an armed home invasion. Once on scene, deputies discovered the homeowner had shot one of the suspects. Both suspects ran out of the home, climbed inside a vehicle and drove away from the scene, wrecking the car a few blocks away. Deputies say another vehicle pulled up to the crash site and drove away with both suspects inside to drop them off at a local hospital.

During the investigation, it was discovered Tayari Crear and Jemarquz Cromwell were the two suspects who broke into the home. Deputies say Cromwell was the suspect who was shot by the homeowner. Suspect Natalie Gagne was the person who picked up both Crear and Cromwell when they wrecked their vehicle. Earlier in the evening, deputies say Natalie Gagne, Tayari Crear, Clint Hochhalter, Dominique Gonzalez, Jemarquz Cromwell and Cynthia Register hatched a plan to rob Register’s own grandparent of money after Register pitched the idea. Register and Hochhalter have been arrested and charged with armed home invasion robbery (principle). Gange, Crear, Gonzalez, and Cromwell were arrested and charged with armed home invasion robbery.

Home invasion suspects (ECSO)

ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — An Escambia County homeowner fights back after intruders try to break into his home–shooting one of the two suspects.  

It happened around 4 AM and according to the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, the homeowner shot one of the 2 suspects.  

After fleeing the scene, the suspects later crashed their vehicle nearby and were taken to the hospital.   

Only one is being treated for a gunshot wound. It is unclear on the condition of the other.  

Investigators have not revealed any names or charges at this time.   

This is an ongoing investigation and ECSO will be holding a press conference at 3pm with further information.

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