Police in Florida have apprehended a man suspected of carrying out a home invasion robbery while posing as an Amazon driver, authorities said.
On Jan. 27, a Jacksonville family was out of town and a female family friend was pet sitting at their house.
Around 7 p.m., a man who Jacksonville Beach Police Department investigators believe was Christian Javier Vazquez Ortiz allegedly approached the home dressed in a blue and gray jacket emblazoned with an Amazon logo.
Police said Vazquez Ortiz, who was accompanied by a second person, was carrying a package.
When the pet sitter answered the door, police said, Vazquez Ortiz told her to sign for the package but he then pulled a gun on her and forced his way into the home.
According to police, the woman “fiercely fought him” when he ordered her into a closet. She then fled to the backyard through the living room and Vazquez Ortiz and his still-unidentified accomplice left the scene.
Officers arrested Vazquez Ortiz on March 8 and booked him into the Duval County jail on two counts of home invasion robbery, four counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, possession of a firearm by a felon, dealing in stolen property, and false verification of ownership to a pawn shop.
He was being held on a $3 million bond.
“You kind of trust that that is a reliable source to come to your house and then the guy comes in,” the homeowner who asked to remain anonymous told WJXT. “He gained her trust and threatened her life. It’s an awful thing.”
“It feels really painful for us and for her it’s probably 100 times worse,” the homeowner added. “It’s tough for her. Physically and emotionally.”