Fort Lauderdale Police were searching for two robbery suspects who broke into a home early Monday, scuffled with the victims and stole one of their cars.
Around 6:30 a.m. police got a call about the home invasion at 607 Southwest 6th St., said police spokeswoman DeAnna Greenlaw.
The suspects ransacked the house before fleeing in a 2012 white Lexus sedan. The Florida tag on that car is BLMV77. The suspects broke into the home through a window, tied up the victims, and robbed them of TVs and personal property.
Landlord Charles Walton identified the victims as his tenants Luis Colon – a graduate of Dr. Michael M. Krop Senior High School and a former basketball player for the Kansas State Wildcats – and his fiancee.
"He's screaming at her call the cops, call the cops, and finally he's beating on our back door, and I went downstairs, I opened up and I let him in," Walton said of Colon.
The landlord said the couple told him they jumped from the second story to the porch, on the ground floor, to escape the suspects.
The victims sustained minor bruises and scrapes, Greenlaw said. They were taken to the hospital.
But "it definitely takes an emotional toll on anyone," she added.
Police are asking the public to come forward if they have information and call Crime Stoppers at 954-493-8477.