Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2 Suspects Found in Abandoned Home; Pair Charged after an Attempted Home Invasion in St. Augustine

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

2 Suspects Found in Abandoned Home; Pair Charged after an Attempted Home Invasion in St. Augustine

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Byline: Jenna Carpenter

A tip leading to an abandoned home on Tirana Avenue in St. Augustine resulted in the apprehension Friday of two people now charged in connection with an attempted home invasion Thursday morning in Flagler Estates.

Andrew Phillip Cherry, 22, and Lee Ann Renee Mosher, 24, were found by St. Johns County Sheriff's deputies just after noon Friday at a house in the 300 block of Tirana Avenue near Masters Drive.

Police said the couple lived at 352 Juanita Ave., just blocks away from the crime scene, said Christopher Strickland, director for the Office of the Sheriff.

A 55-year-old man told police he woke up at about 7:30 a.m. Thursday to a knock on the door at a house in the 10,000 block of Islom Avenue, according to the Sheriff's Office. When he answered, a woman asked him for help getting a car out of a ditch, according to the Sheriff's Office.

But when the man came outside, he saw a man wearing a mask and pointing a gun. He ran back inside his home as the man fired two shots at him, a release from the Sheriff's Office said.

The man and woman fled the Flagler Estates home in a silver Ford Mustang with a black convertible top and front-end and bumper damage, the release said. It was later recovered at the Juanita Avenue home.

"Our Major Crimes Unit had been investigating the area all night, and we received some tips from some people who recognized the vehicle," Strickland said during a Friday news conference.

Cherry and Mosher were being questioned by police Friday afternoon, authorities said.

Cherry will be charged with attempted murder and Mosher will be charged with principal to attempted murder, Strickland said.

Later Friday, the Sheriff's Office announced the addition of two counts of felony child abuse for both Cherry and Mosher.

Those charges came after authorities learned Mosher's two children, 4 years old and 10 months old, were taken into a wooded area in an abandoned house overnight as Mosher and Cherry tried to elude searching deputies, the Sheriff's Office said. Both children sustained multiple insect bites and scrapes, the Sheriff's Office said.

The motive for the attack remains unclear, Sheriff David Shoar said. …

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