2 suspects face charges in botched Port Charlotte home invasion; neighbor arrested after chasing suspects 

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Two suspects are facing charges in connection with a botched Port Charlotte Home Invasion that left one suspect and a dog dead, and another suspect in critical condition. A neighbor is also facing charges for what happened after the invasion. 

According to the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office, 18-year-old Leah Jenness, 25-year-old neighbor Ethan Maaske, and an unidentified 17-year-old boy were arrested in connection with the Wednesday night home invasion on Beverly Avenue. WINK News is not identifying the second teenager arrested because of his age. 

Jenness’ bond was set at $25,000. Maaske’s bond was set at $50,000.

It all began at 11 p.m., Wednesday, when Charlotte County deputies arrived at the scene and found a wounded man lying in the road on Felton Avenue. Four people ranging in age from 17 to 33 were involved in the attempted home invasion.

One suspect, the 33-year-old, was pronounced dead at the scene. Another suspect is currently in critical condition and receiving medical treatment. The two other suspects were taken into custody.

During the crime, CCSO said two dogs were struck by gunfire and were transported to a local animal hospital for treatment. One of the dogs succumbed to those injuries.

Thursday, investigators said they were processing multiple crime scenes related to the incident. They remained in the area throughout the day Friday, specifically focusing on two homes on Beverly Avenue. 

The 17-year-old boy faces a charge of home invasion robbery with a firearm or deadly weapon.

Jenness faces charges of accessory after the fact of a first-degree felony. 

Maaske became involved in the incident on Felton Avenue and faces a charge of aggravated battery/use of a deadly weapon.

CCSO has not yet said exactly what role each person played in the attempted home invasion.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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