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Woman tied to chair during home invasion robbery

12:42 PM, Dec 7, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A 31-year-old woman was tied to a chair with her hands and feet bound during a home invasion robbery where the robber may have ended up in the wrong apartment.

The woman told police she was cleaning up around her apartment around 10 a.m. Thursday, according to a report from the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

The woman said she was in her living room when she heard a noise at the back door.  The report said she looked but did not see anything.

When she went to get her cigarettes from her bedroom, the report says a man grabbed her from behind as she exited the bedroom.

The report says the man, who the woman said had a tattoo of a marijuana leaf with smoke around it, put his arm around her neck and pulled her closely to him.

The woman said the unknown man put a handgun to her head and demanded, "Where it at?" and "Where Cory at?" according to the report.

The victim told the alleged robber that Cory did not live at that apartment, that he instead lived downstairs.

The man then tied the woman's hands with a black strap and her feet with an electrical cord before ransacking her bedroom.  When she got up to see what he was doing, the report said he grabbed the victim and threw her down on the bed.

The report said at that time she was able to hide her cordless phone in an attempt to call 911, but she said the phone did not work.

The woman told police the alleged robber again began to question her about Cory.  The victim tried to explain Cory lived downstairs and that she was not his girlfriend.  The victim said when the man called someone on his cell phone, he argued with the person on the phone about whether or not he was in the right apartment.  The victim told police she believe the person on the phone told the man in her apartment he was in the wrong place because he said an expletive and then ran out the same door he came in through but not before placing a piece of tape over the victim's mouth.

The victim, who was still tied up, left her apartment and knocked on her neighbor's door.  The report said the neighbor removed the tape from the woman's mouth and called 911.

Rescue personnel transported the woman to a local hospital to be treated for minor injuries.  The victim told police during the 30-45 minute ordeal the man hit her in the head with the gun.

The report said police ran a records check and found out a man named Cory lives nearby the victim.  The victim told police that Cory used to live next door to her but he was arrested last month and has been in jail ever since.

According to the report, the victim also told police Cory used to sell drugs out of the apartment beneath hers.  She also said, according to the report, that Cory placed a "for rent" sign in the apartment's window to make it appear as if the apartment was vacant.

Police are still looking for the man who allegedly broke into the woman's apartment.

The man is described as being a black male, approximately 5'10" to 6'2" tall, weighed between 150 and 170 pounds and has a marijuana leaf tattoo on his left forearm.  At the time, the victim said he was wearing a dark blue t-shirt, black pants, black mask, black Nike shoes and black leather gloves.

If you have any information that may be able to help police you are asked to contact the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office at 904-630-0500 or via email at JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org.

To remain anonymous and possibly receive a cash reward, you may contact First Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS.

 

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