Home invasion: teen threatened with gun, uses iPad to reach parents

Posted at 9:33 PM, Jul 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-28 23:27:23-04

A 16-year-old living in south Fort Myers told deputies he was threatened with a gun during a home invasion.

Lee County Sheriff's Deputies responded to the home in gated community of Laguna Lakes Tuesday afternoon, shocking neighbors on the block.

"This neighborhood has been rock-solid and really quite nice," Kieran McCaffery said. "To hear that we've been broken into from outside, a house broken into, I would think to myself, we are becoming a very changed neighborhood.

The teen told deputies he was hanging out in his bedroom upstairs when a man wearing a mask and black clothing pointed a gun at him and told him to lay on the ground. He also said he heard three other voices throughout the house. He then told deputies he used his iPad to contact his parents, who called the sheriff's office.

"I have two young kids -- four and an infant -- and I'm not necessarily interested in seeing this type of activity," Michael Sauer, who lives next door, said.

Sauer told Four in Your Corner criminal activity is becoming more common in the neighborhood.

"People breaking glass windows on cars, and some definite damage to front doors, things like that. As a kind of chain of events, this kind of makes sense," Sauer said.

Neighbors said deputies have been at the home three times in the last six months.

They're hoping to see increased security in the Laguna Lakes community.

"When it escalates, that can get a lot worse. These walls are thin, and I don't want to see things coming through my walls," Sauer said.

Fox 4 tried to speak to the victims of the home invasion, but no one answered the door.

The incident report said the intruders got away with two iPhones, a MacBook Pro, a Sony PS4, and an iPad.