4 accused of home invasion wearing clown masks, armed with sledgehammer

4 accused of home invasion wearing clown masks, armed with sledgehammer

(As originally published with more photos, Sat, January 7th 2023, 5:08 PM EST)

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. (TND) — A man and three women are under arrest “after they terrorized an elderly woman,” according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.

They’re accused of breaking into the recent widow’s home and startling her from her sleep in December, but that’s not all. This gets really unusual and vicious.

Authorities said they did it while wearing clown masks and they were armed with a sledgehammer.

Deputies claimed the worst part was that one of the women, 23-year-old Melissa Martinez, worked in the victim’s home as a caregiver to her late husband, who had recently died.

4 accused of home invasion wearing clown masks, armed with sledgehammer
(From left) Melissa Martinez, Jaydie Cintron Mayoral, Shakira Rivera Colon, and Nelson Cruz Medina are all charged with home invasion robbery and grand theft, Jan. 6, 2023. (Orange Co. Sheriff’s Office)

Also arrested were Jaydie Cintron Mayoral, 24; Shakira Rivera Colon, 26; and Nelson Cruz Medina, 42.

The victim wasn’t hurt physically, but the home invaders stole thousands of dollars’ worth of her valuables.

All four suspects are charged with home invasion robbery and grand theft.

Martinez and Cruz Medina also face charges of dealing in stolen property and false verification of ownership. Deputies said they pawned the items they stole.

They did not reveal the victim’s age or how they caught the suspects.

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