A couple is accused of a participating in a home invasion Tuesday night in Largo in which a sleeping man was reportedly beaten by one of the suspects.
It was apparently a busy night for the two suspects, according to arrest affidavits: One of them also allegedly broke the windows of a nearby residence, while the other allegedly struck another man repeatedly with a baseball bat.
Dandrea Demond Roberts is accused of kicking in the door of an Ulmerton Road residence and hitting a sleeping man in the head and the face several times with his fists, knocking the victim unconscious, according to an arrest affidavit.
Roberts, 22, of Largo, "was striking the vic(tim) with such force that the vic(tim)'s right eye was swollen shut, the left and right sides of his face were swollen to twice their normal size, (the victim) sustained lacerations to his mouth and was knocked unconscious," according to the affidavit. "Due to the signifigance of the vic(tim)'s injuries, he is unable to go to work."
According to a police report, Roberts demanded money from the victim, then Roberts and his girlfriend, Tiffany Ann Jordan, ransacked the residence in search of money. Jordan, 24, of Largo, was armed with a baseball bat and a pocket knife, which she allegedly was swinging at the victim while Roberts was demanding the money, according to the reports.
Roberts is also accused of smashing and breaking windows at a nearby residence. He allegedly broke three windows, causing about $1,200 in damage, the police report states.
Although the exact timeline was unclear, Jordan was reportedly involved in a fight with Roberts that day and ran out of their Ulmerton Road residence armed with a baseball bat. Jordan then allegedly struck another man with the bat, according to the arrest affidavit.
The victim apparently tried to run away, but Jordan is accused of continuing to hit him with the bat. Finally, after being cornered against a fence and hit in the head, the victim was able to get to safety, police said.
After Roberts was read his Miranda rights, he admitted to being in a confrotation with the victim and striking him, police said. He denied kicking in the door and that Jordan was armed with a bat and a knife. He also denied breaking any windows, according to arrest reports.
After Jordan was read her Miranda rights, she admitted to being in an altercation but denied taking any money or having a bat or a knife in the sleeping victim's house. She denied striking the second victim, but admitted to having the bat, according to a police report.
Roberts was arrested on the charges of home invasion robbery, criminal mischief and felony battery. He was awaiting trial at the Pinellas County Jail on Oct. 25 with total bond set at $60,000, according to Pinellas County Sheriff's online records.
Jordan was arrested on charges of aggravated battery with deadly weapon/great bodily harm, armed home invasion robbery, resisting an officer without violence and aggravated assault. She was awaiting trial on Oct. 25 with total bond of $80,500, according to sheriff's records.