A Homosassa, Florida man was arrested after posing as a Citrus County deputy and holding a couple at gunpoint during a home invasion.
The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office said 32-year-old Eric William Johnson was picked up at a residence by Maynard David Selvog on July 19, and when they arrived, Johnson got out of the vehicle with an AR-15-style rifle, an “airsoft” rifle.
After exiting the vehicle, Johnson knocked on the door of a camper and allegedly yelled, “Citrus County Sheriff’s Department.”
He told the victims to leave the camp as he pointed a rifle at them, and believing him to be a man of the law, they complied.
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Johnson continued to hold both victims at gunpoint, the sheriff’s office said, and at one point the victim tried to call 911, although Johnson grabbed the phone.
As Johnson was distracted, the male victim ran to a nearby home for help and told police he saw Selvig sitting in the driver’s seat of an SUV that was parked near the road.
Johnson followed the man to a nearby home, then kicked in the door to gain entry.
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The homeowner, the victim and Johnson fought inside the home, and the homeowner was able to disarm Johnson and hit him in the head with the butt of the weapon, police said.
Seloveg and Johnson fled the property, but deputies located Seloveg at a nearby residence, who revealed where Johnson was hiding.
Johnson was hiding in a nearby shed and was holding a gun to his head when deputies found him, police said.
After multiple attempts to get Johnson to comply with the deputy’s orders, K-9 Odie was able to apprehend the suspect.
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When Oddy caught Johnson, he put the gun under the dog’s chin and pulled the trigger, but it misfired, police said. He tried to shoot the dog a second time, though the gun malfunctioned again.
Deputies stepped in and arrested Johnson before taking him to a nearby hospital where he was treated.
Johnson is charged with armed home invasion robbery, two counts of kidnapping to commit a felony, armed burglary, aggravated assault on a person over 65, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, impersonating law enforcement, battery on police arrest and repeat arrest.
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Seloveg was also arrested and charged with home invasion robbery while armed and principal in the first degree. He was held on a $50,000 bond.
Johnson was Held on $201,000 bond and is being held at the Citrus County Detention Center.