A Polk man has been arrested after authorities say he broke into a Haines City home to steal a TV, assaulted the homeowner and then left a trail of damage across the neighborhood as he tried to make his escape.
A Polk man has been arrested after he broke into a Haines City home, assaulted the homeowner and then left a trail of damage across the neighborhood as he tried to make his escape, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said.
Alexander Land, 21, of Haines City, was trying to steal a television in the home when he was distracted by the homeowner, who called 911, according to Land’s arrest affidavit.
The homeowner said that while he was on the phone with the 911 dispatcher, Land grabbed and twisted his wrist, snatched the phone from his hand and then fled through the rear sliding glass door, the PCSO said.
The homeowner told deputies that Land, whom he did not know, had gotten into the home by breaking the glass kitchen window.
As Land drove away, he hit numerous landscape stones and poles in the area, the sheriff’s office said.
Neighborhood residents called authorities to report someone weaving in and out of backyards, driving through the golf course and hitting various objects, the PCSO said.
One person was worried about his elderly neighbor’s safety and tried to check on her, the sheriff’s office said. That’s when he heard a vehicle rev its engine and head directly at him, the man told detectives.
The man then fired a round from his .22 revolver toward the vehicle to avoid being struck, according to reports.
Detectives say the man had a valid concealed weapons permit.
Meanwhile, deputies pursued Land, who was driving a black Honda, the sheriff’s office said. He was arrested on numerous felony charges, including DUI with property damage, burglary, robbery and assault, the PCSO said.
Land initially was transported to the Winter Haven Hospital for treatment regarding possible drug use, then he was taken to the jail to be booked, the sheriff’s office said.
He was admitted to the jail infirmary, according to PCSO reports.
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