Golden Gate man charged with shooting, robbing an acquaintance

— A Golden Gate man, who Collier deputies say broke into an acquaintances’ home on Saturday and shot him, was arrested Monday.

Freddie Junior Torres, 20, of the 2000 block of 55th Terrace S.W., Golden Gate, was arrested by Collier deputies Monday near the intersection of Davis Boulevard and Heritage Trail.

He was charged with robbery/ home invasion with a firearm or other deadly weapon, aggravated battery with intent to cause great bodily harm/ permanently disable or disfigure and possession of marijuana.

According to Collier Sheriff’s reports, Collier deputies responded to the 2000 block of 41st Street S.W. in reference to a robbery.

The victim told deputies that he and his girlfriend were sitting in the living room at around 4 a.m. when he noticed the front door open, reports said.

The victim then saw a man -- later identified as Torres -- enter the house while wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt with the hood on, a black and white bandana over his face and carrying a black or brown .45 caliber Browning pistol.

When the victim stood up, Torres told the man to give him the money and hit the victim with the gun, according to reports.

During a brief struggle, the gun went off and shot the victim in the foot, reports said.

But when Torres blurted out “I ain’t playing around,” reports said the victim recognized his voice.

Another struggle ensued, reports said, during which Torres’ bandana fell and he shot the victim in the lower abdomen.

After Torres got away, the victim discovered that $600 to $1,000 in cash, a book and papers from an auto estimate were missing.

Reports said the victim told deputies he’d known Torres for six months, and that Torres knew were the victim kept his money.

Collier deputies found Torres near the intersection of Davis Boulevard and Heritage Trail on Monday morning.

Later that day, a search of his home turned up the black and white bandana, as well as a plastic bag filled with marijuana.

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