A Gainesville man accused of forcing his way into an apartment with three others and robbing the residents at gunpoint was arrested Friday night.
Derionte Tre-Sean Robinson, 18, of 6129 SW Eighth Lane, was charged by the Gainesville Police Department with home invasion robbery with a firearm, robbery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault and false imprisonment, his arrest report states.
The incident happened on Aug. 28. Robinson and three others — all with handguns — forced their way into an apartment when the resident opened the door. He was forced to his room, where the culprits reportedly stole an Xbox console. However, Robinson realized that he was not the intended target, a drug-dealer, police said.
Robinson allegedly put a gun to the resident's head and forced him to walk to the bedroom of another resident and knock on the door. The victim was then made to lie on the floor but at some point escaped, ran outside and called for help.
Meanwhile, Robinson is suspected of pushing his way into the other room and demanding marijuana. The resident tried to push Robinson out of his room and, during the incident, Robinson fired the gun but did not hit anyone, police reported.
One of the residents recognized Robinson as someone with whom he went to school, which helped police identify him as a suspect.
Under police questioning Robinson reportedly said he committed the home invasion and that he intended to target the second resident because he heard he was a marijuana dealer.
The report states the other roommate moved to the apartment through roommate matching and was not associated with drug dealing.
Robinson had been arrested Oct. 11 for a separate armed robbery and kidnapping for reportedly forcing a student at gunpoint to withdraw cash from an ATM, the report states.