Suspect arrested in home invasion robbery

AVON PARK - A suspect involved in a violent home invasion robbery of a boarding house for Hispanic immigrants was arrested Friday.

Victor Lee Johnson Jr., 20, 3766 Memorial Drive, Decatur, Ga., was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with battery, armed burglary, three counts of armed robbery and intimidating a victim.

The home invasion robbery involving Johnson and several other suspects occurred on Dec. 15 at about 5:15 a.m., according to a warrant affidavit.

Several victims reported that men came into their rooms and robbed them, the affidavit said.

One man reported that man wearing a mask put a gun to his head and demanded money, the affidavit said. The robber stole $550 in U.S. currency and $700 in Mexican pesos, the affidaivt said.

Another victim reported that someone punched him in the head, but did not steal any money, the report said.

Several others also reported being robbed or confronted by the suspects, the report said.

An informant later told authorities that Johnson was involved in the robbery, the warrant affidavit said.

After several arrests were made, a suspect told authorities that in at least one of the robberies, Johnson held the gun, the affidavit said.