MONROE – Narcotics detectives doing surveillance in the Hampton Meadows neighborhood off Goldmine Road near Wesley Chapel witnessed a home invasion in broad daylight Feb. 15.
They saw two males get out of a small vehicle around 3:30 p.m. wearing ski masks. They kicked in the front door of a house at 5300 block of Willow Run Drive. A short time later, they came out of the house with a bag and left.
Deputies stopped the vehicle near Goldmine Road and Corporate Center Road. They took two men into custody and caught a third trying to flee on foot a short time later.
Deputies seized a handgun, Taser, multiple cell phones, 1,100 Xanax bars and ski masks from the vehicle.
The suspects were identified as Gabriel Alexander Oyach, 20, of Matthews, Jaydan Burwell, 20, of Charlotte and Michael Lamonte Byrd, 24, of Charlotte.
All three were arrested on the following charges: robbery with a dangerous weapon, conspiracy to commit a felony, felonious breaking and entering, and possession with intent to sell and deliver a schedule IV controlled substance.
Also, Burwell and Byrd each face a felony larceny charge.
Detectives continued the investigation by executing a search warrant at the house where the home invasion occurred. They seized marijuana, 200 Xanax bars, Roxicodone pills, drug paraphernalia and more than $2,400.
Jonathan Troy Swierski, 20, of the home, and Michael Joseph Tabbit, 18, of Wesley Chapel, faces drug-related charges as a result of the search.
Sheriff Eddie Cathey credited his staff with “outstanding police work.”
“Deputies were in the right place at the right time to apprehend armed criminals who boldly entered an occupied residence in the middle of the afternoon,” Cathey said. “A situation like that could have ended much differently.”