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Suspect arrested after home invasion near Loxahatchee; judge orders him held without bond

Posted at 7:41 AM, Nov 12, 2016

A Palm Beach County sheriff's deputy was involved in a crash early after pursuing two home invasion suspects near Loxahatchee. 

At 2 a.m. Saturday, PBSO says two men dressed in tactical gear/SWAT gear forced their way into a residence located in the 17300 block of  72nd Rd North.

Both men wore gloves and masks and were armed with handguns.

During the incident, the homeowner returned home and confronted the suspects.

The suspects took off and the homeowner followed them.

The homeowner called 911 and advised PBSO dispatch where the suspects where headed.

Road patrol deputies and the PBSO helicopter were able to locate the suspects' vehicle and began to follow it.

Due to the suspects' high rate of speed, road patrol deputies backed away and the helicopter continued to follow them from there.

PBSO says the suspects traveled to Boynton Beach Boulevard where the driver struck a marked PBSO car.

Road patrol deputies located the suspects' vehicle and began to follow it southbound on Jog Road.

The men crashed his vehicle into a traffic sign at Woolbright and Jog roads and both suspects fled on foot.

The driver, Adam Michael Bennett, 35, of West Palm Beach, was caught by deputies in the area. The second suspect, Eric Keinonen, confessed to his involvement in the home invasion/robbery.

The stolen safe was recovered and returned to the owner.

Bennett is charged with Armed Home Invasion, Impersonating a Law Enforcement Officer, Felony Fleeing to Elude Law Enforcement, Felony Hit & Run with injuries and Resisting Arrest without Violence.

Keinonen is charged with home invasion robbery with a firearm, resisting arrest without violence, falsely impersonating a law enforcement officer during the commission of a felony, leaving the scene of a crash with injuries, fleeing & eluding law enforcement officers and wearing a mask while committing an offense.

In court Monday a judge denied bond for Bennett and ordered him to avoid all contact with the victim. Bennett's attorney says Bennett and the victim knew each other. 

The deputy is expected to be OK.