KEY LARGO, Fla. – Detectives in the Florida Keys are searching for a man suspected of tying up another man, holding him at gunpoint and stealing from him.
Brandon Rettich, 37, is being sought on charges of kidnapping, robbery, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, burglary and battery.
The victim told Monroe County Sheriff's Office detectives that he was sleeping on his couch about 3 a.m. Thursday in Key Largo when two intruders entered through an unlocked door. He said they pointed a pistol at him, and one of the men tied his hands behind his back with zip ties.
Sheriff's spokeswoman Becky Herrin said the intruders took him from his apartment to his parents' house nearby, entering through a window. Once inside, the men used a Taser gun on the victim and ransacked the home, finding cash, four rifles and two shotguns.
At one point, one of the intruders told the other to "pop" the victim. He said he was afraid he was going to die.
The crooks eventually drove off, leaving the victim behind. After he heard them leave, the victim ran to a neighbor's house for help.
Herrin said the victim was able to identify one of the men as Rettich, an acquaintance of his.
Anyone with information about Rettich's whereabouts is asked to call the Monroe County Sheriff's Office or Crime Stoppers of the Florida Keys at 800-346-TIPS.
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