Four teens armed with a knife, guns and a roll of tape planned to kidnap and rob members of a Baker family last night, according to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.
The teens placed barrels in a roadway in hopes of stopping the 17-year-old victim. Instead, she drove around them and went home. They then began creeping around her house in hopes of removing security lights and breaking into the home.
Instead, the girl’s father heard his dogs barking and saw his front motion-activated flood lights come on. He also heard what sounded like his car door closing and went to get his gun.
After spotting some individuals trying to force their way into his garage, he fired three shots and the intruders fled into the woods.
A neighbor gave deputies and description of a suspicious vehicle and they located and stopped it.
Inside the car they found 19-year old Keilon Johnson, 17-year old Austin French, 16-year old Tyree Johnson, and 15-year old Kamauri Horn, all of Crestview.
The investigation revealed the teens had concocted a plan to kidnap the teenage daughter. The goal was to first force her out of her car by blocking the road with barrels and garbage cans. When that didn’t work they then planned to head to her house, confront and subdue her father – who they believed to be wealthy – and rob the home, officials wrote.
Instead all four defendants are now charged with attempted kidnapping and attempted home invasion robbery.