Man accused of tying elderly woman up in Pensacola Beach home invasion

Source: Escambia County Jail

A Pensacola man is behind bars after deputies say he robbed an elderly woman with a gun and tied her up in her own home.

The incident happened Wednesday afternoon on Fort Pickens Road.

According to a report, the victim told deputies a man she’d never seen before, later identified as Benny Jay Burrell, knocked on her door saying that he was a parole officer looking for an individual.

When the victim told Burrell that no one else was inside the home, the suspect pushed his way through the front door and pulled a handgun on her.

When the victim tried to escape, the report states Burrell pushed her back inside the home and demanded money.

The report states Burrell took the victim's cash and credit cards before he tied her hands behind her back and feet together using rope.

Afterwards, Burrell left her home and stole her car, as well as her cell phone.

The victim was able to free her hands and call police on her home phone.

While deputies were on scene, the victim’s daughter-in-law was able to track the victim’s cell phone near Cervantes Street.

Pensacola Police Department officers were contacted and found the victim’s vehicle and conducted a traffic stop before placing Burrell under arrest.

Burrell was charged with robbery home invasion with a deadly weapon, battery on a person 65 years or older, grand theft auto, grand theft, fraudulent use of a credit card, theft of a credit card, and false imprisonment.

Burrell is being held in the Escambia County Jail on a $173,000 bond.

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