Men burglarize home as cops work case on same block

2:43 PM, Jan 24, 2013   |    comments
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Sarasota, Florida -- Two men conducting a home invasion robbery in a Sarasota neighborhood didn't get very far as deputies on the same block witnessed them run from the house.

Sarasota Police say around 12:50 a.m., Yancy Steen and Audley Clarkson broke into a home in the 1800 block of 29th Street and grabbed the woman inside by her hair and, with a gun to her head. At one point, they even held the gun to the 10-year-old's head and threatened to kill them as they took turns searching the home.

As they ran from the home, a Sarasota Sheriff's K-9 deputy saw the men jump a fence as he walked his dog. 

Despite commands to stop, the men continued to run. The K-9 tracked Steen to a parked car nearby where he was found hiding underneath. Steen was bitten by the dog and dragged out from under the vehicle after he refused to surrender.

Meanwhile, Clarkson had jumped a fence in the 3000 block of Gillespie Avenue and ran into a home. The resident came out screaming to police saying someone had just run into their house. Inside, Clarkson surrendered.

Steen, 25, was charged with home invasion robbery and resisting arrest without violence. He remains in jail on $750,000 bond.

Clarkson, 21, was charged with burglary of an occupied dwelling with battery and battery. He remain in jail on $100,000 bond.

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