Deltona, FL - Deputies are investigating a Deltona home invasion where armed, masked suspects tied up several adult victims as a child hid in a locked bedroom.
A release from the Volusia Sheriff's Office (VSO) says the home invasion happened sometime around 10:00 Saturday night (November 28th) at a home off Eden Drive. There, the suspects approached the open garage of the home and confronted two victims, demanding that they empty their pockets as guns were pointed at them. The suspects then went inside and grabbed other adult victims, bringing them to the garage where their hands were tied as everyone was instructed to sit.
According to VSO, deputies arrived as the incident was still unfolding. Upon arrival, deputies heard the victims screaming in the garage. The suspects could be seen inside rummaging through the contents of the home as one male was observed with a rifle.
The deputies eventually ushered the victims away from the home as other units began to set up a perimeter. That's when law enforcement was informed about a 7-year-old child that was still hiding inside the home. Deputies entered the home to search for other suspects but found none. The child was located unhurt and was carried safely outside to her parents. The other victims reportedly suffered minor injuries in the incident.
VSO also says the robbers learned that someone inside had called 911, which caused a commotion. The robbers opened the garage door to flee the residence, but they were instead confronted by deputies who were outside. In total, three suspects were arrested—one was captured in the driveway as the other two were arrested in the backyard. They have been identified as 30-year-old Jermaine Oliver, 39-year-old John Anderson and 32-year-old Derrick Mathis.
At the time of this report, Oliver's mugshot was not available as he is still being processed at the Volusia County Branch Jail. All three, however, are being kept in custody with no bond allowed.
VSO additionally reported that this incident "is not considered random." The criminal investigation into the matter continues. We will provide updates as they are made available.