Couple tied up in home invasion robbery

Residents suffer minor injuries


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A couple was tied up during a home invasion early Monday while the robbers ransacked their home.

The robbery happened in the 600 block of Southwest 6th Street about 6:45 a.m.

"They were awakened by these disguised suspects that came into their home while they were sleeping and then having to go through them ransacking their home," said Det. DeAnna Greenlaw.

"I heard some noise next door, slamming doors and stuff like that," said Charles Walton. "Our tenant is banging on our backdoor, and we had to run downstairs and we let them in. They said they've been robbed."

Walton called 911. He said the robbers pried open a window to get inside.

"I guess they went upstairs with guns and held them captive and tied them up on the bed," said Walton. "They lost their computers and their cell phones and wallets and purses."

The victims, Luis Colon, a former basketball player at Kansas State, and Elyse Ehlers, his fiancée, were transported to the Broward Health Medical Center with minor injuries, said Greenlaw.

"He was pretty well beaten up," said Walton.

Police released surveillance video investigators believe captured the robbers arriving at the home.

Watch: Surveillance video

Police say the robbers stole Ehlers's white IS250 Lexus with a Florida tag BLMV77. It also had a Kansas State alumni metal frame around the tag.

"We have great neighbors. We all try to take care of one another," said Walton. "Something like this is a tragedy."

Anyone with information about the robbery is asked to call Broward Crime Stoppers at 954-493-TIPS.