gun with bulletsWildwood police arrested two teens Tuesday for allegedly beating a man during a robbery attempt and barging into an occupied home to hide.

Police apparently responded to the disturbance around noon on Tuesday. They claim they found the alleged victim with a one-inch deep puncture wound in his left shoulder and the suspects' discarded gun on the ground.

The victim told police the pair had fled to a nearby home.

Police evacuated the occupants of the home and the Sumter County SWAT team was called in.

According to reports, after an hour-long standoff, members were able to convince the teens, 18 and 19, to surrender.

Both were charged with attempted robbery with a firearm, aggravated battery and possession of a firearm by a felon. They were jailed with bail set at $40,000.

According to police, the alleged victim was walking down the street when the teens approached him. Reports indicate the three had some sort of dispute before the suspects attempted to rob the man.   

The teens were apparently armed and allegedly told the man to “give it up” before throwing a gun into the woods and breaking into the occupied home.

The men apparently hid in the attic of the home.

The alleged victim was taken to Leesburg Regional Medical Center where he received treatment for non-life threatening injuries.

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