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Arlington neighborhood relieved after home invasion robbery arrest

10:06 PM, Oct 16, 2013   |    comments
Antonio Joshua Lenton, 24 was arrested in connection to a home invasion robbery on Oak Water Drive in June 2013.
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- An Arlington neighborhood is relieved after learning the third suspect in a deadly home invasion was arrested.

In June, a homeowner shot multiple suspects allegedly trying to rob him inside his home. Two of the suspects died, and until now, one was on the loose.

"About 7:30 in the morning I get a call from one of my employees saying 'Dr. Wilson there's a body in the parking lot'," said Dr. Matthew Wilson.

One suspect died at the scene and the next morning a second was found dead in front of a dumpster at Monument Road Animal Hospital. The third suspect, 24-year-old Antonio Joshua Lenton, was arrested Tuesday after a traffic stop by Florida Highway Patrol. The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office had an active warrant out for Lenton on two counts of murder and home invasion robbery. 

"Evidence at the scene linked our suspect to the home invasion robbery and actually on that day he was actually receiving care at a local hospital for multiple gunshot wounds," said Chris Butler, Assistant Chief, Crimes Against Persons, Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Police say on June 19 three to four suspects entered a home on Oak Water Drive in Arlington and ordered the six men inside to lie on the floor and hand over their money. Police say one of the men renting the property was able to retrieve a handgun and fired at the suspects. 

"That was very shocking to me, I couldn't imagine that happening next door," said Jeannie Armstrong.

The Armstrongs live right next door to the home the suspects allegedly invaded, they say they've lived in the neighborhood for eight years and never felt uneasy until this incident. 

"It made me feel a little nervous to know that someone was still out on the streets," said Armstrong.

The family says right after the incident the men who lived in the home moved out. Now, the home appears to be up for rent. 

"They actually had the police escort them every time they came to get their stuff out," said Grant Armstrong.

Jeannie Armstrong says she also takes to her dog 'Oscar' to the animal hospital where the second suspect was found. Dr. Wilson runs and owns the hospital and says he was happy to receive the community's support after the incident.

"As a small business owner, you know, you're actually always concerned that something like this could hurt, but you know the community was good," said Dr. Wilson.

Police are still investigating to find out whether or not there is a fourth suspect. 

The reason why police say Lenton is being charged with two counts of murder is because they say he was committing a crime that led to the death of his alleged two accomplices.

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