A home invasion suspect is back in custody after a day on the run. He escaped from the back seat of a police cruiser Thursday despite being in hand cuffs. The Lake County Sheriff's Office is now doing an internal investigation to figure out how that happened.
Deputies recaptured 23 year old Michael Lee Floyd at a home in Leesburg around noon on Friday. The sheriff's office tells us Floyd was arrested in a home invasion in Groveland Thursday and he was put in cuffs in the back of a patrol car. The deputy left to help police look for two other suspects. Floyd slipped out through a back seat window.
Lena Estrada says Floyd was calling the shots as three men with guns attacked and robbed her family inside their home Thursday morning.
She says, "They kept yelling for money. They were looking for money and jewelry. We didn't have a whole lot of anything. We had the rent money, that was all we had. They tied them and made then lay on the floor."
Deputies arrested twenty year old Kyle Evans and twenty-one year old Dayquan Kerber Thursday. The sheriff's office fugitive suspect unit spent Thursday night looking for Floyd, evening talking with his family. Deputies arrested Floyd Friday at a Leesburg home when he surrendered peacefully.
The sheriff's office is doing an internal investigation on how a home invasion suspect in handcuffs escaped a patrol car.
Sergeant John Herrell says, "We'll be talking to the deputy to see if this could be a case of equipment failure or operator error or a combination of both."