Punta Gorda man arrested for home invasion
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - Charlotte County detectives arrested a Punta Gorda man early this morning in connection with an armed home invasion Monday night in Deep Creek.
24-year-old Branden Alex Shaffer is charged with home invasion robbery with a firearm and aggravated assault with a firearm. Shaffer is being held in the Charlotte County Jail on no bond.
CCSO received a call last night to the 26000 block of Sandhill Boulevard where a couple reported they heard a noise while in their bedroom.
One of the victims confronted a man wearing a mask pointing a rifle at her face. The suspect said, "Give me everything you got or I will shoot you.” The female victim recognized the man as Shaffer because he was wearing the same clothing when he came to their home earlier in the day.
Her husband heard his wife’s screams, came out and saw Shaffer run out the sliding doors and climb over a wall. Both said they were in fear of their lives. When Shaffer ran down the street, the couple’s son was next door and gave chase. The boy hit Shaffer in the back with a closed fist as he got into his work vehicle, a white Comcast Xfinity truck and drove off.
Detectives responded to Shaffer’s home on Sailfish Court and spoke with his father who said his son obtained his brothers rifle saying he was going hog hunting. Shaffer was taken into custody for questioning; he said the couple owed him $150 and throughout the day telephone conversations were made and an argument ensued between them.
Shaffer said he went to the couple’s home to scare them but he never went inside the house. He said when he got home he put his jacket, rifle and shoes under his bed. Shaffer was arrested and taken to the Charlotte County Jail.