The Citrus County Sheriff's Office is searching for two masked men who allegedly broke into a couple’s Homosassa home Sunday evening and held them at gunpoint while searching for marijuana.

According to an incident report obtained Tuesday, a 59-year-old man told responding deputies that he and his wife, 63, were lying on two separate couches in the living room when two younger men wearing black clothing, black masks and goggles entered their home on Straight Avenue, likely through a faulty glass sliding door.

One of the intruders pointed a gun at him and asked him twice, “Where is it?" the report said.

The man showed deputies a wound on the right side of his head, but was conscious and alert while answering questions. There was evidence of dried blood around the wound, but the report does not say how he sustained the injury.

The second intruder ordered his wife to stay on the couch and lie down, the report said. The wife told deputies he threatened to shoot her if she didn’t lie down. He then went into the kitchen and opened the refrigerator where the husband keeps his medical marijuana.

The husband told deputies he was unsure if the suspects took the marijuana.

While the first man remained with the husband in the living room, the second man left the kitchen and went down the hall to the back of the residence. They both then fled the way they came, the report states.

The wife told deputies the couple has a small grow room inside the home with six to eight marijuana plants, which her husband cultivates to uses for treatment of his cancer. Those plants were not disturbed but her son, 32, threw them in the trash before deputies arrived, the report states.

The wife told deputies one of the men must have entered the bedroom closet, because the normally closed closet door was open and the light was on. 

The victims’ son told deputies he didn’t see or hear the suspects because he was in his room playing video games.

Anyone with information about the suspects or alleged home invasion can call CCSO’s nonemergency number at 352-726-1121 and ask for its Major Crimes Unit. 

They can also call Detective Chris Holloway at (352) 249-2731.

Tipsters can also remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward by calling into Crime Stoppers of Citrus County at 888-269-8477 (ANY-TIPS), by submitting a tip at or by downloading Crime Stoppers' app.

Contact Chronicle reporter Michael D. Bates at 352-563-3205 or

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The son was home but the intruders never went in his room while they were looking through the house for drugs? While the parents were being held at gunpoint? Sounds suspect to me.


That was a weird story.

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