Jackson County authorities worry minorities are being targeted in home invasion robberies

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JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WCTV) - In Jackson County, authorities say they believe several people with weapons are targeting the Hispanic community.

In Jackson County, authorities say they believe several people with weapons are targeting the Hispanic community. (r. nial bradshaw/Tony Magpantay/MGN)

They say three home invasion robberies have taken place in Marianna in the past few weeks. The latest, two homes on Watson Street. The first incident happened on Poole Lane last month.

Deputies say there were two children in one of the mobile homes and a baby in the other when two men with a gun barged in.

"I mean, we're talking about families. We're not just talking about adult men or adult women. We're talking about husband and wives, children," said captain Virgil Watson with the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

Captain Watson says when the suspects demanded money at the first home one of the kids, translating from Spanish to English, had to tell the suspects there wasn't any money there. That's when he says one of the men went to the mobile home next door.

Captain Watson says four Hispanic men and one infant were there. He says the suspect hit one of the victims in the face with the butt of a gun and took money from his wallet then went in another room and took money from another victim.

Becky Lee Seaton can't believe this happened just down the street from her.

"It's terrible. They shouldn't do that to those people. They believe a certain way and the people that's up there are kind and decent. I know, I used to live beside them. They don't do drugs or nothing. They go to church, the Hispanic church over there in middle Marianna," she said.

Captain Watson says before the suspect left the second home he busted the victim's cell phone.

"We're afraid, sooner or later, somebody's going to get seriously hurt," he added.

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