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Suspect Arrested in Home Invasion

A man is in custody after News 4 viewers called in some helpful leads.

Less than two weeks ago, we told you about a home invasion robbery in Jackson County, Florida.

One suspect has been arrested and two others are being investigated for their possible involvement.

"I was so excited I could hardly believe the county had worked so quickly," Hazel Maringer said Wednesday.

These words are from the sister of 66-year-old Herb Pierce who was assaulted in his own home during a home invasion robbery on January 16th of this year.

Less than two weeks after the incident, police have arrested 45-year-old Michael Perez. Perez has an extensive police record and was just released in August of 2005 for aggravated assault with a weapon.

The Holmes County Sheriff's Department is glad to have one suspect behind bars and as more information continues to flow in, they believe more arrests may be made.

"As the investigation continues, I've obtained information that additional charges may be forth coming, but I don't have enough right now," explained Lt. Chris Wells with the Holmes County Sheriff's Department.

Perez is charged with one count of home invasion robbery. That is a felony and Perez faces up to 30 years in prison.

Michael Perez is being held in the Holmes County Jail on a $35,000 dollar bond.


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