Sheriff: Florida teens plotted to kidnap 17-year-old girl, rob father

BAKER, Fla.  — Four teenagers are facing charges in connection to a plot to kidnap a teen girl and rob her wealthy father in Florida.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of a home invasion robbery around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in Baker, a small town about an hour east of Pensacola.

The teen daughter of the homeowner told investigators someone used barrels to block the road to their house. Minutes later, the homeowner said someone activated the security lights outside his home and his dogs started barking.

Investigators said the homeowner, after seeing several people trying to get into his garage, grabbed his gun and fired three shots outside. The intruders scurried off into the woods.

According to the sheriff's office, the homeowner later learned the intruders unscrewed some of his security lights.

A short time later, the sheriff's office took a 911 call from a woman about a suspicious car near her house.

Deputies responded and stopped a 2016 Jeep Liberty on Highway 4 with four young people inside.

Deputies arrested 19-year-old Keilon Johnson and three others from Crestview, aged 17, 16 and 15.

Investigators said the four teens wanted to kidnap the 17-year-old girl, subdue the homeowner and rob the house. They told investigators they set up the barrels on the road to get the girl out of her car, but she drove around the barrels.

The four teens are now facing charges of attempted kidnapping and attempted home invasion robbery. Johnson is being jailed at the Okaloosa County Jail. The others are being held at a Department of Juvenile Justice facility.

This story originally appeared on WPEC’s website.

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