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Police make arrest in home invasion of 77-year-old South Tampa man

TAMPA — A 19-year-old man was arrested Friday in connection with an armed home invasion in the city’s Hyde Park area, according to Tampa police.

Leo Butler faces a charge of robbery of less than $300. He was still in the county jail on Monday, held in lieu of $15,000 bond.

Police said Butler and three other men took part in the armed robbery of an unidentified 77-year-old man who lives on the 400 block of S Willow Avenue last month.

The man was unloading groceries from his car when, police said, he was ambushed by two men near his garage. Two others waited in a nearby car.

The 77-year-old was forced into his home at gunpoint, police said, which they ransacked. The men stole other items, according to police, including a firearm.

Investigators found a fingerprint inside the home that they said led them to Butler. Police are still searching for the other three men.

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