Note: we are republishing this story amid recent reports of a surge in violent crime and home invasions across America during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Six people arrested by the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office Investigators are said to have been part of the early Thursday morning armed home invasion. Among those arrested was the homeowner’s granddaughter, the orchestrator of the crime.
ESCO deputies were called to the 7300-block of West Jackson Street on March 4 just after 4 a.m. When they got to the scene, deputies found that the homeowner had shot one suspect.
Both suspects had run out of the home, gotten into a vehicle and fled the scene. However, they crashed the car a few blocks away.
According to deputies, a second car pulled up to the crash site and drove off with both suspects, who were dropped off at a local hospital.
During the course of the investigation, investigators identified Tayari Crear and Jemarquz Cromwell as the two suspects who broke into the home. According to detectives, Cromwell was shot by the homeowner.
Natalie Gagne was identified as the person who picked up Crear and Cromwell after they wrecked their vehicle.
According to investigators, Natalie Gagne, Tayari Crear, Clint Hochhalter, Dominique Gonzalez, Jemarquz Cromwell and Cynthia Register decided to rob Register’s grandparent of money earlier that evening after Register pitched the idea.
Gange, Crear, Gonzalez, and Cromwell were arrested and charged with armed home invasion robbery. Register and Hochhalter were arrested and charged with armed home invasion robbery (principle).