110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
posted May 6, 2013 - 5:32:50pm
A Deltona couple returned from the store late Monday morning to find their house had been broken into and the suspect was still inside.
The Sheriff's Office said the hammer-wielding man attacked one of the victims as he fled out the door, mounted a bicycle and peddled away. However, deputies responded to the scene within five minutes of being dispatched and found suspect Christopher George hiding in a patch of woods. The 40-year-old man was taken into custody and charged with armed burglary, aggravated battery on a person 65 years old or older, grand theft, criminal mischief and resisting an officer without violence.
He was booked into the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach. The victim who was hit by the hammer did not sustain any serious injuries.
The couple had returned to their home on Bonview Avenue at about 11 a.m. when they noticed a bicycle resting against the front door. They also saw that the door they had locked earlier was now busted open.
When they went inside, deputies reported, the couple discovered a man in the bedroom holding a hammer in one hand and a bag in the other. The husband, who was standing in the kitchen, demanded that the man come out of the bedroom. Deputies said that's when the suspect lunged at the husband and struck him multiple times with the hammer while the 67-year-old victim tried to defend himself with a chair. The man then ran outside, got onto his bicycle and fled. The wife quickly called 911.
Responding deputies set up a perimeter around the area and during a search found bicycle tracks in a sandy area in the 3300-block of Tara Street. Following the track, they came upon an abandoned bike near a wooded area. A K-9 team then gave verbal warnings that they were coming into the wooded area and after getting no response tracked the suspect and apprehended him without further incident.
George remained at the Volusia County Branch Jail this afternoon, Monday, May 6.
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