Couple say they were beaten, robbed in Rio home invasion

RIO — A man and a woman told Martin County Sheriff's Office investigators they were beaten and robbed early Thursday by three assailants in an apparent home invasion incident, according to sheriff's records.

The 12:40 a.m. Thursday incidents happened at a residence in the 1100 block of Northeast Orange Avenue. Three cell phones valued at $650 were reported stolen.

A 30-year-old woman told deputies she was on the bed speaking with her boyfriend when there was a knock at the door. Thinking someone was after her, she ran to the bathroom to hide. She said her 25-year-old boyfriend answered the door and she heard fighting.

The 30-year-old woman said a woman in a hooded sweater came in the bathroom and the 30-year-old woman screamed to get out. The woman ran from the home, and the 30-year-old woman raced after her with a spoon for a weapon.

The 30-year-old woman saw two men run toward a silver Ford Focus and when she got to the vehicle she tried to remove the license plate. The two men punched and kicked her before they got in their vehicle and left.

The 30-year-old woman said she thought "they were there for her pain medication."

The boyfriend told deputies that when he opened the door, a woman whom he recognized asked for a person with the same first name as his girlfriend.

The boyfriend said she wasn't there and two men "attacked him from his blind side," with one hitting him in the head with a small bat. He said that as he was on the ground, one man put a knife to his chest and started slamming his head on the tiles. The other man began going through drawers.

The 30-year-old girlfriend chased the three outside. He described the men as "short and stocky" and said they wore gloves and masks. One appeared to be white with blond hair while the other appeared to be black.

He said he went to his home after the incident to get medical attention from his mother, a nurse. The boyfriend said two iPhones and a third phone were stolen.

Investigators found a bat and three plastic ties at the home.

A neighbor said she heard screaming, but thought it was the 30-year-old woman fighting with her boyfriend.

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