One man shot, 3 arrested in botched Golden Gate Estates home invasion robbery

Three men are in custody after Collier County Sheriff's deputies say the men conducted an armed home robbery Tuesday morning at 6735 Everglades Blvd. in Golden Gate Estates.

Tracy Miguel

Three men are in custody after Collier County Sheriff's deputies say the men conducted an armed home robbery Tuesday morning at 6735 Everglades Blvd. in Golden Gate Estates.

Fidel Abel Marrero-Rodriguez

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Fidel Abel Marrero-Rodriguez

Pedro Louis Herrera

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Pedro Louis Herrera

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Ronald Bracey awoke to his wife's screams Tuesday morning.

The 69-year-old jumped out of bed, grabbed his handgun, and stepped out of his Golden Gate Estates bedroom to find two men holding guns to his wife’s head.

Bracey opened fire, shooting one of the intruders — who was wearing a hat that read “police” — in the shoulder. The would-be-robbers then fled from the home.

The scene painted by Collier County Sheriff’s Office booking reports, ended with the arrests of three Miami men. Remarkably, Bracey and his wife Jackie escaped unharmed.

Fidel Abel Marrero-Rodriguez, 27; Pedro Louis Herrera, 25; and Yadier Gonzalez-Rodriguez, 27, were each charged with armed home-invasion robbery at 6735 Everglades Blvd., and impersonating a law enforcement officer.

A search continued for a fourth man, who was identified in reports as the driver during the botched robbery. Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Michelle Batten said deputies have not determined the fourth man’s identity.

Marrero-Rodriguez and Herrera were booked into the Collier County jail Tuesday. Gonzalez-Rodriguez, who was shot in the shoulder, was hospitalized Tuesday morning. He hadn’t been booked into the jail by early evening.

The attempted robbery began just after 7 a.m., when Jackie Bracey let their two dogs out the front door of their home, according to an arrest report. The dogs had been barking since around 3 a.m.

However, once outside, Jackie Bracey said she was confronted by four men wearing black clothing and black baseball hats, some of which bore the word “police.”

Three of the men had handguns and one carried a rifle, reports said. Jackie Bracey told deputies all four men pointed their guns at her and told her they were police.

As they forced Jackie Bracey back into her home, she started screaming, convinced the men were not police officers, reports said.

According to the report Ronald Bracey jumped out of bed, grabbed his handgun, and found two of the men holding his wife, with guns to her head. Both men were near the front door.

Ronald Bracey fired his gun at the man furthest inside the residence, who was wearing a hat that said “police,” reports said. That man was later identified as Gonzalez-Rodriguez.

Both men ran out the front door once Gonzalez-Rodriguez was hit, reports said.

Ronald Bracey continued firing his gun until he had emptied eight rounds from his clip. A bullet hole pierced a front window of the home, and lodged in the exterior wall of the garage, reports said. According to the report, Ronald Bracey never saw the other two suspects.

All four men ran, officials said. Deputies, including K-9 units and aviation units, searched through nearby wooded areas and eventually found the suspects, as well as the guns and hats they dropped or discarded.

Gonzalez-Rodriguez was transported to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers for treatment, where a deputy was dispatched to guard his room.

When reached by telephone and in person, Ronald Bracey declined comment.

Florida’s statute on the Florida Stand Your Ground Law, also known as the Florida Castle Doctrine, gives residents the right to use deadly force against intruders entering their homes, dwellings or occupied vehicles.

Deputies continued searching the area off 68th Avenue Northeast into the early afternoon. The investigation is continuing, authorities said.

The Braceys identified Marrero-Rodriguez and Herrera in a line-up, reports said.

Both men told deputies they were picked up in Miami by a green sport utility vehicle, reports said. They said they knew Gonzalez-Rodriguez, but did not know the driver.

The two men also denied having any guns, and denied knowing why they went to the home on Everglades Boulevard.

The gunfire scared away one of the Bracey family dogs. Buddy, a 1-year-old hound mix, ran from the home during the commotion and hadn't returned by late Tuesday night, NBC-2 reported.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Collier County Sheriff's Office at 252-9300, or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-8477.

Staff writer Leslie Williams Hale contributed to this report.

Connect with Tracy X. Miguel at www.naplesnews.com/staff/tracy_x_miguel/

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Smoke Um if Ya got Um. Don,t try that at My House...Just Sayin..

FECOYLE writes:

Ill bet they had to be issued clean underpants at the Bar Hotel!

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