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Winter Park / Maitland Observer Friday, Mar. 24, 2017 1 year ago

Winter Park couple reportedly finds intruder living in condo

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A man was arrested in Winter Park for allegedly burglarizing a condo and attacking the residents who live there.
by: Tim Freed Associate Editor

Imagine coming home from a vacation and finding an unwelcomed guest in your home – who then attacks you.

Suspect Kayin Harper was arrested last Monday after Winter Park residents Bruce Kramer and Heather Tufford reportedly found him living in their condo at the Lake Killarney Condominiums.

The Winter Park police report states that Harper was discovered by the residents sleeping on their couch after coming home at around 7 p.m. from a weekend vacation.

The couple reportedly yelled at Harper, telling him to get out. The reported intruder allegedly responded by attacking Kramer and Tufford and not allowing them to leave as they tried to call the police.

Tufford reportedly yelled loud enough for help until a group of neighbors rushed over to help subdue Harper, who was pinned down to the ground until police arrived.

Kramer received swelling under his left eye and a cut on his forehead. Police entered the condo and found that the bathroom tub was full of water and that the bed appeared to have been slept on.

Harper also gave a false name when questioned by police, and one witness reportedly heard him yelling “we are all robots” during his arrest.

“There have been occasionally times where people come home and foil a burglary in progress to their residence, but most people don’t break into a house and stay in it,” said Lt. Pam Marcum of the Winter Park Police Department. “This guy was asleep on the couch.”

“I don’t recall anything like that in recent history in Winter Park.”

Harper has been charged with aggravated battery of a person 65 years of age or older, kidnapping/false imprisonment, burglary, larceny of a credit card, and fraud.

But last week’s bizarre incident isn’t the first in the Lake Killarney Condominiums. Last September officers responded to a call from a victim who was inside their apartment when they heard a knock on the door from a black male in a Jimmy John’s sandwiches uniform. The man claimed to be asking for directions when an accomplice with dreadlocks armed with a handgun appeared at the door and “knocked out” the victim, according to a letter received by residents in the apartment complex.

The victim managed to get away from the two suspects and call 911 at a neighbor’s apartment, but the suspects escaped.

Police were unsure how the suspect obtained the Jimmy John’s uniform.

Marcum said the incidents were unrelated despite being in the same complex.

Tim Freed is an Associate Editor with the Winter Park/Maitland Observer. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida.

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