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Police looking for suspect in home invasion

SEBRING - Sebring police were seeking information Tuesday in regards to an attempted home invasion, Cmndr. Steve Carr said.

A woman reported around 6:34 a.m. that a man with a stocky build, unshaven, wearing no shirt and wearing blue jeans forced his way into her Lakeview Drive home, Carr said.

But almost immediately, the woman got out of the house, he said, adding that she started screaming.

That caused the suspect to flee, he said. A K-9 search failed to find the suspect, Carr added.

Man accused of fleeing officers

AVON PARK - A Highlands County deputy stunned a man with an electrical weapon after he fled deputies on a motorcycle and then on foot, according to an arrest report released this week.

Tracy Lee Mercer, 42, 604 S. Lotela Ave., Avon Park, was arrested by the Highlands County Sheriff's Office and charged with grand theft of a motor vehicle, resisting an officer without violence, possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana and possession of drug equipment. The report also noted that warrants charging him with dealing in stolen property and two counts of grand theft of a vehicle had previously been issued.

The arrest came after members of the Sheriff's Office's Crime Suppression Unit spotted Mercer riding a motorcycle, the report said.

When deputies tried to get Mercer to stop, he fled down several streets and traveled through a yard and through a ditch, report said.

Eventually, they found him running away from the motorcycle, the report said.

At one point, Mercer put up his hands to surrender, but then tried to flee again, the report said.

But when the deputy shocked him with a Taser, that led to his arrest, the report said.

Man accused of providing false identification card

AVON PARK - An Avon Park man was arrested after he presented deputies with a fake identification card, according to a report released this week.

Ascension Gregorio Morales, 39, 507 N. Delaney Ave., Avon Park, was arrested Feb. 23 and charged with possession of a fictitious document, forgery or alteration of a public document, uttering a false instrument and giving false identification information to a law enforcement officer.

When the deputy stopped Morales, he was unable to provide a driver's license, but offered a Mexican voter identification card with the name Alberto Gonzalez Gregorio, the report said.

But a fingerprint check showed he was actually Ascension Gregorio Morales, the report said.

Records also showed that he was arrested in 2007 on a charge of driving without having a valid driver's license.