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3 Wanted in Gainesville Home Invasion, Kidnapping Arrested in Leon County

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Posted at 11:55 AM, Apr 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-05 13:57:31-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- Three suspects in a Gainesville home invasion and kidnapping were arrested in Tallahassee early Monday morning after tracking the iPhone of the woman who was kidnapped. Police also said that the three are listed as "Persons of Interest" in a North Carolina homicide.

According to the Gainesville Police Department, Quintae Edwards, Kwame O. Fernanders, and Kayla Black reportedly forced their way into a victim's apartment after she went outside to get a skateboard late Sunday night. The three suspects, one who reportedly had a gun, tied up the victims with duct tape and ransacked the apartment, police said.

They then allegedly took one victim to an ATM where they got an undisclosed amount of money. After returning to the apartment, police said they stole a car and took a female victim so the others didn't call police.

The suspects reportedly dropped the woman off at the North Florida Regional Medical Center, but did not return her wallet or iPhone. Her iPhone was left on, and police said they were able to use that to track the suspects to the Baymont Inn and Suites on Monroe Street in Tallahassee.

A Leon County Sheriff's deputy saw the stolen car and Edwards standing outside it. The room key Edwards had led to a room with Fernanders and Black, police said. The three were arrested and taken to the Leon County Jail, reports said.

The suspects were also wanted after they reportedly stole a car in Polk County, North Carolina and were seen near a homicide.

The suspects were on closed circuit cameras at a convenience store around the time of a murder, deputies in Polk County said. They are not charged with murder, but are wanted for questioning, deputies added.

Deputies said they reportedly stole a second car in South Carolina after the one they had originally stolen was involved in a high speed chase. Gainesville Police believe that second car was driven down to Florida, but was not the same car that was stolen and taken to Tallahassee.

All three are being held without bond on multiple fugitive warrants. Polk County deputies are looking for a fourth suspect, although it is unclear at this time if they are believed to be in Florida.