TAMPA - Tampa Police are searching for one of two suspects in a Tampa home invasion that left the homeowner battered and bloodied Tuesday night.
When police arrived at the home on North Highland Avenue, they found the victim, 37-year-old Desmond Pringley, in a blood stained shirt.
Police said he fought back against two men who forced their way into his home after knocking at the front door.
The victim said they were asking questions about an ice cream truck parked in his yard before they attacked.
"They forced their way inside the house, tied the victim up and started to ransack the house," said Tampa Police Corporal Ed Croissant.
Police say what those men missed was the victim's 9-year-old son. With a cell phone, that boy hid in a bedroom and called 911. "The nine year old stepped up the the occasion and stayed on the phone with us, gave a good description and brought us straight in which facilitated our early arrival," Croissant said.
Officers were at the home in mere minutes and able to take one of the two men, 18-year-old Luis Morales into custody in the front yard.
He faces charges of Robbery Home Invasion for More than $300, Possession of Firearm, Armed Kidnapping Felony, Armed Trafficking in Cocaine 28g to 200g.
A second suspect took off, prompting a short chase with police before getting away. As of Tuesday night, he was still on the run.
Police consider that man armed and dangerous.
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