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Home invasion in Northwest Gainesville leaves victim and suspect in critical condition

A 78 year-old male remains in a coma after a home invasion robbery occured late yesterday evening on NW 75th road in the Blues Creek subdivision. A white male and white female  forced their way into the residence of Paul Quandt, he was then tased with a stun gun, cut on the arm, beat in the face and torso, and both hands were bound with duck tape.

Public Information Officer for the Gainesville Police Department Corporal Angelina Valuri says the victim was able to loosen his hands by using vegetable oil found in his kitchen.


Vulari says that detectives do not believe this was a random act of violence, the victim and his property was targeted and the house was left ransacked.


The victim's vehicle was being driven by Austin Jones and a vehicle pursuit did take place  reaching speeds up 100 mph. The suspect crashed the victim's vehicle into 2 other cars and received critical injuries while the other 2 passengers only received minor injuries. Jones has been arrested and remains at Shands hospital in critical condition.


Valuri says it's amazing the victim was able to seek help before lapsing into a coma from his injuries from the attack.


Vulari says the detectives are still working the case and have not identified the female suspect in the case, however detectives are following several leads regarding her identification.


Katiana is a reporter who can be contacted by calling 352-392-6397 or emailing news@wuft.org.