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Keys home-invasion suspect arrested in Homestead

Brandon Rettich
Brandon Rettich KeysInfoNet via the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office

One of two suspects in a Key Largo home-invasion that happened last week was caught in Homestead over the weekend.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents found Brandon Rettich, 37, in Homestead on Saturday, according to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office.

The victim of Thursday’s home invasion robbery said he entered his Drury Drive apartment at 3 a.m. through an unlocked door and one of two men pointed a handgun at him and tied his hands behind his back with zip ties.

According to the 30-year-old victim, whose name was not released, the two robbers took him to the nearby home of his parents and entered through a window. Once inside, the two men shot him with a stun gun and ransacked his parents' home, according to the alleged victim.

He said he also heard one suspect tell the other to "pop" him, which the victim took to mean kill him, Monroe Deputy Becky Herrin said.

The robbers took from the parents' home four rifles, two shotguns and an undisclosed amount of hidden cash, Herrin said.

Both men wore masks and hoods, but the victim said he could identify Rettich because the men are acquaintances.

The sheriff's office obtained an arrest warrant for Rettich. He faces a slew of charges, including kidnapping, robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and battery. The second suspect will likely face similar charges, Herrin said.

Rettich has a Tennessee driver's license and most recently lived in a trailer in Key Largo.

"But he apparently cleared out of it," Herrin said.

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