3 arrested in Palatka home invasion robbery

Published On: Dec 07 2012 11:52:56 AM EST
Updated On: Dec 07 2012 11:57:59 AM EST
Tomas McKnight, Toriano Brooks and Devon Pope

Putnam County Sheriff's Office booking photos of Tomas McKnight, Toriano Brooks and Devon Pope

PALATKA, Fla. -

Three men were arrested in connection with a home invasion robbery of a 69-year-old woman Thursday night in Palatka.

Police said the men forced their way into a home in the 2000 block of Kate Street about 7:40 p.m. and demanded money from the woman.

Police said one of the men struck the woman in the face, and they said the three suspects stole two purses, which contained numerous items of value, including an undisclosed amount of cash. They then fled the home on foot.

Officers were able to find the men at the intersection of Cleveland and President streets. Two suspects were detained while the third took ran off. A K9 and an officer were able to track him to the 1000 block of Husson Avenue, where he was apprehended.

The suspects were identified as Tomas McKnight, 18, Torriano Brooks, 21, and Devon Pope, 20, all of Palatka. All three were arrested on charges of home invasion robbery, theft and battery. They were being held without bail.

The victim in the case received minor injuries and was treated at the scene.