Ocala, Florida — At around 8 a.m. Thursday morning, Marion County Sheriff deputies responded to 5840 N.W. 2nd Street, Ocala, in reference to an attempted armed burglary in progress.
The homeowner called 911 and stated that two (2) people were attempting to break into their home and one of the intruders was armed with a handgun. The victim was home with their 3-year-old child.
When deputies arrived on scene, they pursued and caught one of the burglars — later identified as 16-year-old Travian Sesler.
Deputies recovered a Ruger LCP .380 that Sesler was in possession of when he attempted to burglarize the residence.
Sesler had dumped the gun during the pursuit.
According to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, Sesler admitted that he was in possession of the gun and that he intended to burglarize the residence.
Sesler faces charges of Armed Burglary, Altering/Remove Serial Number from a Firearm, Possession of a Firearm During the Commission of a Felony, and Resisting Without Violence.
Sesler is being questioned about other burglaries in the area and might be facing additional charges.
The second suspect is still at large. The homeowner said he was a black male wearing a black hoodie.
Ocala Post will release Sesler’s photo once it has been made available.
Marion County Sheriff’s Public Information Officer, Valerie Strong, said, “If anyone has information about this case, they are asked to call Detective Craig Evans at 352-402-6081.”