According to police reports, an operative father and a considerate neighbor helped stave off an attempted kidnapping and armed robbery Tuesday night in Florida.
Alerted by his 17-year-old daughter, the 51-year-old homeowner from Baker grabbed a pistol and fired three shots at four intruders outside his garage, forcing them to flee into the woods, according to the Palm Beach Post. A neighbor gave the police a description of the car in which the suspects were seen and was stopped nearby.
Deputies arrested four Crestview teens: Keylon Johnson, 19, Austin French, 17, Tyree Johnson, 16, and Kamauri Horn, 15. They are said to have been armed with a knife, a pistol and a roll of duct tape for the alleged abduction attempt. The MPs also found gloves, masks and dark clothing inside the SUV, according to a police report.
The plot went awry from the very beginning when a 17-year-old girl on her way home stumbled upon a checkpoint made of barrels. But she just drove around them, and then told her father. The suspects told police that they believed their father was rich.
As the suspects approached the house, the homeowner was alerted by the barking of his dogs and motion-activated floodlights. According to the Palm Beach Post, when he heard his car door close, he pulled out a pistol.
Four of the defendants were charged with attempted kidnapping and attempted robbery to invade a home. The police report said Johnson was in the Okalousa County Jail and the others were sent to a Department of Juvenile Justice facility.